Friday, June 26, 2015
Alerts/Warnings for Camano Island, WA | All Alerts Special Statement ... Hot temperatures and the potential for dry lightning will increase the fire danger this weekend... The hottest temperatures so far this year is expected Saturday for many parts of interior western Washington. High temperatures in the upper 80s to mid 90s across greater Puget Sound and other areas inland from the waters could break records. Higher level clouds are expected to increase Saturday afternoon through Sunday night allowing high temperatures to cool slightly on Sunday but maintain unusually warm overnight lows. Although coastal areas and other areas near large bodies of water will be a little cooler... temperatures in those places will still be well above normal on Saturday. Increasing moisture could also trigger thunderstorms across parts of western Washington from Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Thunderstorms will likely develop first over the Cascades late Satur day afternoon or evening... then expand across The Lowlands later Saturday night into Sunday. The low level air mass is expected to remain quite dry through Sunday morning so little if any rainfall will accompany lightning. Given the dry fuel conditions... any lightning will greatly increase fire danger. By Sunday afternoon and evening... the lower level air mass will moisten with some light rain showers but amounts will not be significant. During hot weather it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you are more susceptible to the heat... stay inside in air conditioned areas. Avoid leaving children and pets unattended in cars... as temperatures inside parked cars can rise very quickly to deadly levels. Remember to apply sunscreen if you are outdoors. To help avoid starting any wildfires... avoid any outdoor burning including tossing any burning materials out of your vehicle. With the Fourth of July Holiday just around the corner... practice safety with your fireworks. Have a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case they are needed. Call 911 if a fire emergency arises. A good alternative is to visit your local fireworks display rather than use fireworks yourself.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Issued by The National Weather Service Seattle/Tacoma, WA Tue, Jun 23, 4:07 pm PDT ... HOT TEMPERATURES FRIDAY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK AS WELL AS RISING FIRE DANGER... STRONG HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT OVER THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILL PUSH TEMPERATURES INTO THE 90S BY SATURDAY IN PARTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON AWAY FROM WATERWAYS. TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN WARM THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT... WITH MANY AREAS NOT DROPPING BELOW THE MID 60S. ON SUNDAY... HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE JUST A FEW DEGREES COOLER AND VERY WARM TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN IN PLACE THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK. ALTHOUGH COASTAL AREAS AND OTHER AREAS NEAR LARGE BODIES OF WATER WILL BE COOLER... TEMPERATURES IN THOSE PLACES WILL STILL BE WELL ABOVE NORMAL. DURING CONDITIONS LIKE THIS IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND STAY HYDRATED. IF YOU ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE HEAT... STAY INSIDE IN AIR CONDITIONED AREAS. AVOID LEAVING CHILDREN AND PETS UNATTENDED IN CARS... AS TEMPERATURES INSIDE PARKED CARS CAN RISE VERY QUICKLY TO DEADLY LEVELS. REMEMBER TO APPLY SUNSCREEN AS WELL IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS... AS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE WAS A FEW DAYS AGO AND THE RAYS OF THE SUN ARE STRONGEST IN LATE JUNE. WITH THE CURRENT DRY CONDITIONS AND NOW THE EXPECTED WARMEST TEMPERATURES OF THE YEAR THUS FAR... FIRE DANGER WILL CONTINUE TO RISE. A NUMBER OF FIRES HAVE ALREADY OCCURRED IN WESTERN WASHINGTON THANKS TO THE DRY CONDITIONS. TO HELP AVOID STARTING ANY WILDFIRES... AVOID ANY OUTDOOR BURNING INCLUDING TOSSING ANY BURNING MATERIALS OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE. IN ADDITION WITH THE FOURTH OF JULY JUST AROUND THE CORNER... PRACTICE SAFETY WITH YOUR FIREWORKS. HAVE A BUCKET OF WATER OR A HOSE NEARBY IN CASE THEY ARE NEEDED. CALL 911 IF A FIRE EMERGENCY ARISES. A GOOD ALTERNATIVE IS TO VISIT YOUR LOCAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY RATHER THAN USE FIREWORKS YOURSELF.
Monday, June 22, 2015
an, KING 5 News 10:06 a.m. PDT June 22, 2015 Campfire (Photo: KING) CONNECT 19 TWEET 1 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE SEATTLE – Washington state expanded a burn ban statewide Monday as hot, dry weather persists in drought conditions. "Westside forests are drying out and the outlook is for continued warm, dry weather," said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. "These conditions make it clear it's time for a statewide burn ban." The burn ban, which started in eastern Washington and now expands to west of the Cascades, will run from June 22 through September 30, 2015. The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands under that are under fire protection of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The ban does not include recreational fires in approved fire pits at designated state, county, municipal and other campgrounds. Only charcoal briquettes may be used in fire pits. The ban does not include federally owned lands such as national forests, national parks, and national wildlife refuges. The state says there have been 306 wildfires in the state this year. The state is still recovering from last year's Carlton Complex Fire. The largest wildfire in state history destroyed more than 250,000 acres. As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, the state is reminding the public that fireworks are illegal on DNR-protected forestlands.