Red Flag Warning for western Washington in place Friday

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for most of western Washington from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening.

WASHINGTON — Most of western Washington will be under a red flag warning as of noon Friday. It will be lifted at midnight on Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the Cascades, the Olympics and most of the lowland areas of western Washington will be hot, dry and windy.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either imminent or are now occurring. Fires that develop are likely to spread quickly and burning outdoors is not recommended.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources tweeted that along with the “already critical fire weather conditions” there will be increased easterly winds. This could lead to “major wildfires across the state.”

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 80s on Friday and could rise into the low 90s in some areas on Saturday.

A combination of moderate breezes, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can help spread existing fires. If a fire breaks out, the air quality in the area can deteriorate, according to the NWS.

That NWS offered tips how to stay safe during high fire risk:

  • Don’t burn anything outdoors when it’s hot, windy, or dry.
  • Be careful not to drag metal parts across the ground and be careful not to park on dry grass.
  • Always keep a hose nearby when mowing a dry lawn.
  • When grilling, avoid grilling near dry vegetation and make sure the charcoal you use is cool to the touch before discarding it.

In addition to the fire hazard, smoke from existing fires in eastern Washington is expected to make its way through the state.

That Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said they expect smoke from wildfires to continue to spread on Friday and into the weekend at levels that could be unhealthy for vulnerable groups. Red Flag Warning for western Washington in place Friday

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