Thunderstorms, High-Fire Danger Today Through Thursday
The National Weather Service has issued a big Red Flag Fire warning for 2019 beginning Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday.
According to the Service:
Abundant lightning in conjunction with dry fine fuels in the grassland across the lower elevations will be prone to fire starts due to the lightning. The thunderstorms will be wet but also fast moving. Gusty outflow winds outside of heavier precipitation cores will allow for rapid fire spread.
.RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT PDT TONIGHT FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING AND GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS FOR FIRE WEATHER * AFFECTED AREA...In Oregon...Fire Weather zone 610 covering the eastern slopes of the Central Cascades...Fire Weather zone 640 covering the Central Mountains...In Oregon and Washington... Fire Weather zone 639 covering the east slopes of the Northern Oregon Cascades and southern Washington Cascades...Fire Weather zone 641 covering the Lower Columbia Basin and Blue Mountain Foothills...In Washington...Fire Weather zone 675 covering the southern Kittitas valley, Yakima Valley and Hanford District.
Residents are advised to not perform any activities that could potentially cause any kind of sparks or fire, and take precautions if outside especially in rural areas.