Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eastern Washington at risk for wildfires with dry conditions

The Office of the Washington State Climatologist report for May says that while Western Washington was wetter than normal, the lack of low-elevation precipitation in Eastern Washington has warranted drought concerns in some areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Benton, Franklin, Chelan, Lincoln, and Walla Walla counties as natural disaster areas due to the dry conditions. According to the state Department of Natural Resources, a red flag warning has been issued for Chelan and Douglas counties, meaning there’s a higher chance of wildfires in those areas. 
Here are some tips for people who live in areas that are prone to wildfire: