As firefighting crews continue to battle a blaze near Weber Canyon, the weather was expected to cause some issues before it offered any relief.
Winds speeds were recorded as high as 25 mph Wednesday morning, but winds are expected to die down as the day goes on, according to Charlotte Dewey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.
Dewey said wind will decrease as the morning goes on, with speeds lowering to 10 mph or less after 10 a.m. and continuing at the same speed for most of day Wednesday. Wind speeds may slightly increase to 12 mph into Wednesday night.
There is a slight chance of rain Wednesday night into Thursday, but this rainfall will occur south of Weber County, according to Dewey.
Winds near Ogden Hinckley Airport were predicted to hover between 8 to 10 mph and there will be more moisture in the air than earlier this week, according to a forecast from the NWS.
As of 6 a.m., the website for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality showed air conditions in Weber and Davis counties were in the orange level — unhealthy for sensitive groups.
More than 80 large fires are burning in nine Western U.S. states, according to a post from NASA Earth. Roughly 7.8 million acres had burned as of Tuesday, Sept. 5 since the beginning of 2017.
The image below shows aerosol concentrations at high altitude. It’s a basic idea of where the aerosol concentrations are cumulatively higher but doesn’t reflect air quality at “nose height,” according to NASA.