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Wildfires rage on; Mother nature offering some relief this weekend

A big shift in the weather pattern for the United States will bring some much needed relief for those fighting the wildfires out west.
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According to Cal Fire officials, a record 4 million acres of land have been burned in California this season.  

This wildfire season has blown past the previous record by more than double for the state in a year. 

With a continued stretch of above average temperatures, high pressure and dry conditions, these wildfires show little sign of slowing down.

Fortunately, Mother Nature will be lending a helping hand to all the firefighters out west later this weekend. 

A significant shift in the weather will take place, bringing cooler and wetter conditions later this weekend. 

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A southerly "dip" in the Jet Stream will be to credit for the big changes later this weekend. The image above is a forecast snap shot of the upper level winds(jet stream) on Sunday. 

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Ultimately, this will bring cooler and wetter conditions to areas that have been enduring significant drought and wildfire burns. 

Wildfires thrive on dry conditions, so the added humidity will be key in suppressing the spread and intensity of which these fires burn. 

Credit: Pivotal Weather & CPC

Cooler and wetter conditions will be extremely beneficial to those fighting these fires. While it's likely that the fires will not become completely extinguished after this weekend, it'll be a great start.