Transient Pattern Change Will Help Crews Battling Steep Valley Fire

Oak Hill, WV (WOAY-TV): An increase in humidity, light rain and cooler temperatures are on the way for crews trying to contain the Steep Valley Fire.

AIR QUALITY CONCERNS: The air quality is in the moderate range but will likely drift back to Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) as the inversion redevelops tonight. However, with an increase in clouds, the inversion will not be as strong or trap as much smoke along the river valley as last night. Therefore, do not expect CODE RED air quality.

The air quality will likely be in the moderate range Thursday due to the increase in clouds and humidity and perhaps back to GREEN on Friday.

TEMPERATURES AND RAIN: Today was the warmest day of the next seven days. Temperatures will drop into the 60s Thursday and then 40s and 50s Friday through midweek. Rain amounts of 0.25-0.40″ are expected Friday. Any rain on Thursday will be trivial.

NEXT WEEK: A dry and warming pattern will reemerge and the brush fire risk will increase again during the midweek.

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