WARNING: Extreme Fire Danger for Eastern Washington Wednesday and Thursday
I have a vivid memory of the thick smoke in the air last August and September - 2020 was the worst fire season in the Pacific Northwest, and just one spark could give us a repeat this year. A lot of brush around Washington and Oregon burned up last year, but as any fire expert will tell you, there's still plenty of fuel out there, and we're primed to ignite.
Wednesday and Thursday bring us another Fire Weather Watch and Red Flag Warning for all of Eastern Washington. We will experience very dry and windy conditions with winds 15-20 mph and some gusts up to 35 mph. Relative humidity will be as low as 10% in some areas. Expect temperatures to top out at 105 on Wednesday with blowing dust as well. Thursday will be slightly cooler, and the weekend will bring temperatures down to around 90 - very cool in comparison to what we've been used to.
The statewide burn ban remains in effect - absolutely no burning allowed in Washington. Use caution when working on vehicles, avoid driving off-road (spark hazard), guard outdoor grills closely, dispose of cigarette butts properly, and no campfires or fire pits.