The entire eastern half of Washington is under a red flag warning and there is a threat of dry lightning. Many fire departments on the west side of the state are ready and standing by for the call to help.

Monroe firefighter, Capt. Ron Adams, is prepared to spend weeks fighting fire on the east side of the state.

We could be digging in the ground for days on end, he said.

But Adams doesn't just to go Eastern Washington to help fight fires - he actually lives there. And the flames from last year's Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum came uncomfortably close.

I had my wife pack up the big stuff and move it into town, he said.

West side fire departments frequently join the fight at this time of year. William Slosson, the state's Chief Deputy Fire Marshal, helps coordinate these resources under the state's regional mobilization plan.

If everything is available, he can deploy up to eight strike teams, each consisting of seven to eight fire trucks and 11 to 16 firefighters.

Monroe has a brush truck designed specifically for wildland fire, a huge tender to provide extra water. Other trucks can provide protection for homes and barns.

We get a call, we're ready to go in less than two hours, said Adams.

In a locked storage room, totes are already packed with everything from tents to coolers. There's extra water, along with helmets and fire shelters.

New this year, every crew will take a small weather station into the field.

A separate set of radios is already tuned to the frequencies for the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Natural Resources.

Adams is the department s wildland fire coordinator. And if tomorrow is a big day, he and his department are ready to go.

We get out the door quickly, he said.

After a high temperature of 88 in Seattle on Tuesday, there is a chance of thunderstorms overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Latest forecast

There is an increasing chance of showers and thundershowers moving northward through the Sound, especially after midnight. Small hail, gusty winds will also be likely in the vicinity of thundershowers. Overnight lows will be in the mid 50s to near 60.

A few cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were seen Tuesday afternoon in Skamania, Klickitat and Yakima counties.

The chance of wet weather should end by midday on Wednesday, except for a few showers still possible over the north Cascades during the afternoon. Highs Wednesday will be in the upper 70's to near 80.

The red flag warning for high fire danger in Eastern Washington is in effect until 9am Wednesday. Severe weather warnings.

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