South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for lightning which is in effect from 6:00 p.m. this evening to 11:00 a.m. Sunday. This replaces the Fire Weather Watch previously in effect.
A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high. The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.
The National Weather Service Portland Office has issued the following forecast for Pacific County: Saturday partly cloudy with highs 75 to 80 and north wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Sunday partly sunny, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning and a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 70 to 80 with southwest wind 5 to 10 miles per hour and chance of precipitation at 20 percent.
As conditions can change frequently, PCEMA will not be posting updated information. Residents are encouraged to check with the Weather Service website for updated information at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/. In addition check local jurisdictional burning regulations and be extremely careful and cautious regarding fire ignition sources.
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