UPDATED: Heat, Wind Has Placed Northeast Wyoming Under Red Flag Warning

(Gillette, Wyo.) According to the National Weather Service, very dry conditions over northeastern Wyoming this afternoon has put the region in a Red Flag Warning until midnight. Relative humidity values will drop to 15 percent or less and gusty southwest winds will develop. A cold front will cross northeastern Wyoming during the later afternoon and early evening, shifting winds to the northwest. A period of gusty northwest winds are expected behind the cold front. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90s today, with lightning and isolated thunderstorms possible, mainly north of a line from Gillette to Newcastle. The combination of dry lands, gusty winds, and very dry relative humidities will create critical Fire Weather Conditions. Currently the Campbell County Fire Department, with the assistance of several other agencies, are battling two wildfires in Campbell County. The Deer Creek Fire, south of Gillette, is at 80% containment and 846 acres. There are 53 firefighters on that scene. The Short Creek Fire is now at 2575 acres. Over 150 firefighters are at that location, with one firefighter transported to Sheridan via Wyoming Life Flight last night at the end of his shift. That fire is at 75% containment. Crook County is already under a fire ban which has cancelled fireworks displays at Keyhole State Park and Devils Tower , due to the extremely dry conditions east of Campbell County. #county17 #news