Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Burn bans, fire weather concerns and air quality

In spite of some active wildfires, statewide air quality is good at present and should not degrade much if we can get through the next few days without significant new fires. No thunderstorms are expected in the next week, so we must do our part to prevent any new, human- caused fires.

Much of the state is under red flag warnings, fire weather watches and excessive heat warnings between Thursday and Saturday. Fire concerns are mostly from strong, dry northerly winds. Periods of blowing dust in parts of the Columbia Basin are possible.

Pink = Red Flag Warning
Beige =  Fire Weather Watch
Brown= Excessive Heat Watch

A burn ban has been called on all state lands through the end of September.

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