Smoke from a wildfire. File photo

Smoke from a wildfire. File photo

Wind, warm temperatures raise weekend wildfire risk

Temperatures could reach the mid-80s, with gusts of wind up to 25 mph.

Hot and dry weather is predicted for Mother’s Day weekend (May 9-10), presenting an elevated risk for wildfires across the state.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has already responded to 230 wildfires this year. Of those, 120 were caused by people burning debris.

Winds this weekend could see gusts of up to 25 mph and temperatures are expected to reach the high 70s and mid-80s. The greatest effects will likely be seen on the western slopes of the Cascades. In areas with grasses, fires will burn faster and hotter with high winds.

Temperatures should cool next week. The DNR is asking residents to not burn through the weekend.

Campfires, vehicles and equipment like chainsaws should be monitored so they don’t start fires.




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