Red Flag warning issued for Seattle; second in 10 years

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by GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 10:13 PM

SEATTLE -   The National Weather Service has posted three red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions in Western Washington. 

This is the second time in the past 10 years a red flag warning has been issued for Seattle and surrounding cities. The last one was on September 6, 2011.

NWS says a red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or are imminent. Those conditions include a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures; combined, they will create explosive fire growth potential.

The warning for King, Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties, the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal is in effect from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The warning cites wind gusts of near 20 mph and relative humidy as low as 24 to 30 percent.

Temperatures around Puget Sound are forecast to hit the 90s during the remainder of this week, with scattered chances of lightning. Click here to get the complete KING 5 weather forecast.

A second red flag warning will be overnight and into Thursday for the mountain passes and adjacent foodhills of eastern King County and parts of Eastern Lewis County. It calls for gusts of 20 to 30 mph bringing in dry winds from the east.

A third warning primarily focuses on the Northwest Olympic peninsula and the Sol Duc River drainage, also overnight and into Thursday. That one is specifically for strong easterly winds and low humidity.

While the fire weather may have shifted west for now, it's working for firefighters on the Taylor Bridge Wildfire near Thorp and Cle Elum. Winds there are forecasted to die down a bit over the next few days.



 

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