Interactive NWS Alert Information
The following infromation is shared from our Partners at the National Weather Service
National Weather Service Portland issued a Fire Weather Watch for Fire Weather Zones 602, 604, and 660 effecting Skamania, Clark, and Cowlitz Counties.
Fire Weather Watch valid from Aug 15 11:00 AM to Aug 17 9:00 PM PDT
Radar Time: Aug 14 2012 10:15 AM PDT
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR 854 AM PDT TUE AUG 14 2012
VERY DRY WITH UNSTABLE SURFACE CONDITIONS EXPECTED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY... .A STRONG SURFACE THERMAL TROUGH WILL DEVELOP OVER NORTHWESTERN OREGON BEGINNING LATE WEDNESDAY THEN SHIFT NORTHWARD THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. THIS WILL BRING PARTICULARLY UNSTABLE SURFACE CONDITIONS ON TOP OF VERY DRY RELATIVE HUMIDITY.
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES OR602...WA602...603...604...604...605...606...607...608 AND 660... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING. * HAINES...MID-LEVEL HAINES OF 5 WEDNESDAY INCREASING TO 6 THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 19 PERCENT. * IMPACTS...SIGNIFICANT INSTABILITY COMBINED WITH VERY LOW HUMIDITY MAY RESULT IN EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH FOR EXISTING FIRES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS. Please note that this means conditions in the region are ideal for fires.
The lack of rain over the past couple months, drier fuels and the increased
heat create the perfect conditions for fires to start. Please be on the look out
for situations that may lead to wildfire. This also means if you are working
outside with machinery or anything that could cause a spark, that you also have
a water source or extinguisher.