Fire Weather Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch which is in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday evening.

Forecasters say the warmest weather of the year is expected Saturday before some moderation begins on Sunday. Dry fuel conditions have exceeded critical levels from the cascades to the coast. The heat will help create an unstable air mass above about 2000 feet. In addition a threat of dry thunderstorms with potentially abundant lightning will begin later Saturday and grow into Sunday morning raising the potential of fire starts and rapid fire growth throughout western Washington and east toward Lake Chelan.

Gusty winds are likely with any dry thunderstorms especially Monday.

These conditions are creating an environment that will likely cause any fire starts to spread rapidly. Outdoor burning and use of fireworks is not recommended.

In addition, unseasonably warm dry weather is anticipated to extend well into next week. The extended warm dry weather may help any fire starts continue to be quite active.

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur and possible red flag warnings could be issued.