While we won’t see temperatures in the mid-90s like last weekend, temperatures remain warmer than normal. So, take precautions:
- When playing or working outdoors, wear sunscreen and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and heat. Drink plenty of fluids. See more safety tips here.
- Adhere to water safety directives when boating or swimming in pools, rivers, and lakes. Always wear a life vest, even if you consider yourself a strong swimmer.
- Remember that fire danger remains high and a burn ban is still in effect.
Enjoy the sunshine and extra dose of summer weather!
UPDATE Aug. 25, 2016 8:15 a.m.
A Fire Weather Watch is in effect until Friday, August 26 for King County, specifically affecting lowland areas. Hot, dry weather coupled with strong winds will increase the danger of fires. Stay aware of weather conditions, and take extra precaution with heat sources.
The King County Fire Marshal has issued a burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county to prevent wildfires during the hot, dry conditions. In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for this weekend.
This is a Stage 1 burn ban and applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. Recreational fires can pose a hazard so please use extra caution and consideration this weekend.
Recreational fires must:
- Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal
- Grow no larger than three feet in diameter
- Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
- Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.
For properties located within cities, contact your local jurisdiction for requirements. This ban remains in effect until further notice.
The King County Fire Marshal will post updates on the burn ban on the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review website.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for many areas in our region, including King County. This statement lets us know that very hot weather that can affect our health is expected starting Thursday afternoon through Sunday night. Emergency management personnel and Public Health officials have issued the following safety directives for King County residents:
HOT WEATHER SAFETY
- Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors twice a day (the very young and elderly are especially vulnerable to heat).
- Stay cool. Spend time in air-conditioned buildings and avoid direct contact with the sun. Many cities in King County will offer cooling centers for those who need them. Other places to stay cool include malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and libraries. Washington Information Network 2-1-1 is maintaining a list of cooling centers throughout King County (searchable by ZIP code).
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more.
- Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. The temperature in a vehicle is much higher than outside and it only takes a few minutes for severe medical problems and even death to occur.
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical care immediately if you know someone who experiences symptoms.
- Signs of heat exhaustion: heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; weak pulse; fainting; vomiting.
- Signs of heat stroke: high body temperature (103° F or higher); hot, dry skin; rapid and strong pulse; possible unconsciousness.
Additional safety tips provided by Public Health-Seattle & King County.
King County animal control officers will will respond to resident calls about animals in distress due to the heat. Call 9-1-1 or 206-296-PETS (7387) if you see a pet in a hot car, or an animal that lacks access to fresh water and shade. More tips.
Record or near record high temperatures, along with dry and breezy conditions, create a potential for rapid wildfire growth in Western Washington. Key wildfire elements are heat, dry conditions and an ignition source. Without an ignition source, wildfires cannot get started.
What can you do?
- Avoid outdoor burning of any kind. Ensure campfires – if even permitted – are out and cold before leaving the camp site. Check with the local jurisdiction like the U.S. Forest Service or Washington State Dept of Natural Resources to learn if campfires are permitted in your campground area.
- Keep burning materials in your vehicle. Use your ashtray.
- Do not use fireworks.
You can also take action around your home or business by creating defensible space. Visit www.firewise.org/ for easy steps you can take now. These steps include moving firewood away from your home, trimming tree limbs up off the ground to above your head, and cleaning roofs and gutters of debris.
- King County rivers are extremely cold, fast moving, and dangerous. If you go on or in rivers, lakes, or even swimming pools without lifeguards, wearing a life jacket is always recommended.
- Avoid drinking alcohol or using other substances when swimming, boating, or doing other water-oriented sports.
Additional water safety information.