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Anticipated Thunderstorm Brings New Fire Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Warning for Saturday morning, Aug. 18, through Sunday morning, due to a thunderstorm expected to move eastward from the coast

The National Weather Service has issued a new fire watch warning for this weekend, as a thunderstorm is expected to come in off the coast and move eastward through the Cascades.

The Fire Weather Warning extends from the morning of Saturday, Aug. 18, until Sunday morning, Aug. 19. An also remains in effect until 11 p.m. tonight.

For Sammamish's weekend forecast, which looks to be cooling down a bit by Sunday, click here, and for Issaquah's forecast, which is similar, click here. Partly cloudy skies and an overnight low of 62 degrees should be beneficial for racers in tomorrow morning's .

Meanwhile, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has asked for the public's help in a statement released this morning:

“The next three days are going to be very dangerous in terms of the potential for wildfire. That is true in Western Washington as well as Eastern Washington. It is everyone’s responsibility to be safe and not take any risks,” Goldmark said in the release. “As the Taylor Bridge Fire demonstrates, the risk and consequences of catastrophic wildfire is extreme. We have hundreds of firefighters fighting two major wildfires in Washington and resources are stretched thin by fires across the West. Now is the time to be ever-vigilant.”

For an update on the status of the Taylor Bridge fire, please visit the InciWeb site, which brings together information from various fire departments and was updated around 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17.

The statement reminds the public that there is a burn ban in effect on all Department of Natural Resources lands in Washington through Sept. 30, including all forestlands in Washington, except federal lands. Campers should check with their campground host for specific campground rules before starting a campfire.

The release offers the following additional information:

Fire safety information
• Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure it is completely out before leaving the area.
• Be sure recreational vehicles have operating spark arresters.
• Do not park any vehicles in dry, grassy areas as the heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass.
• It is illegal to discharge fireworks on DNR-protected and public lands.

For tips on protecting your home and family from wildfire, visit www.firewise.org

Jeanne Gustafson August 17, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Puget Sound Clean Air also warns that the heat and still burning fire have contributed to smog issues in the Cascade foothills: "Hot temperatures means the threat of smog builds. Expect smog levels to reach levels UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in the Cascade foothills on Friday and possibly Saturday in areas like Enumclaw and North Bend. The wildfire near Cle Elum is getting more contained with reduced smoke. We could still see MODERATE levels throughout Puget Sound especially nearer the Cascades. By Sunday, GOOD air quality should return throughout Puget Sound. Erik Saganic, Agency Forecaster To contact us with questions, find us at www.pscleanair.org."
Jeanne Gustafson August 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The excessive heat warning from yesterday now is a heat advisory, with slightly lower local temps today, and is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight, Aug. 17.

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