Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Temps Rising Fast Today and Red Flag Warning

UPDATE, 8/25/10 7:59 a.m.: "Explosive fire growth potential" today for all cities in Clark County, WA (fire zone 604). The National Weather Service extended the Red Flag Warning for zone 604 through 8 p.m. tonight. Be safe and be smart when disposing of lighted material.


UPDATE, 8/24/10 4:40 p.m.: The Red Flag warning issued by the NWS remains the same for fire zone 604 through 11 p.m. tonight. However, the NWS extended the Red Flag Warning for zone 660 until Wednesday at 8 p.m. This zone includes areas in East Clark County near Elkhorn Mountain Road, L-1000, Dole Valley Road, Berry Road, Yacolt area, Lucia Falls/Sunset/Moulton Falls area and points East of here.

You know it will be hot today but the National Weather Service also advises the temperatures will rise fast today with 90 degrees by early afternoon. Be prepared to take the normal precautions to stay cool, drink lots of water and never leave any person or animal in a vehicle for any amount of time.

A Red Flag Warning has also been issued for Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania Counties and most of the Cascade Mountain areas. This does include fire zone 604 - Greater Clark County. This means there is a extremely high risk of wildfire in all of Clark County today as the NWS says: "...Combination of hot...dry...and unstable conditions...gusty offshore winds...and critically dry fuels over INLAND areas of NW Oregon and SW Washington today..."

Last week we blogged about the Red Flag warning that did not include zone 604 - Greater Clark County. Be aware the extreme fire danger is for populated INLAND areas, not just the unpopulated forest area of the Cascades.

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