Jolly Mountain, Norse Peak fire areas at risk for flooding
CENTRAL WASHINGTON - Weather leaders say acreage burned in recent Washington wildfires has an increased risk of flooding.
Officials with the National Weather Service (NWS) of Pendleton said heavy rain showers are expected to hit Wednesday evening and through Thursday in the east slopes of the Washington Cascades.
NWS issued a flash flood watch for the region including cities of Appleton, Cle Elum and Cliffdell as of 5:20 a.m., Wednesday.
Fire-charred terrain is likely to get one to three inches of rainfall by Thursday evening, NWS leaders said.
They said rockslides and debris flows will be possible in and around the burn scar areas.
Residents in the Jolly Mountain fire and Norse Peak fire areas are encouraged to monitor flooding conditions and pay attention to later forecasts should conditions worsen.