Heat, fire danger plagues Eastern Washington areas
EASTERN WASHINGTON - Hot temperatures in eastern and central Washington regions has caused heat advisories and increased fire danger throughout the areas.
The National Weather Service (NWS) out of Pendleton said Tuesday morning temperatures are expected to reach between 99 and 104 degrees.
A heat advisory is issued until 9 p.m., Tuesday for the valleys Yakima and Kittitas, the Lower Columbia Basin and the foothills of the Blue Mountains of Washington. According to the NWS, this includes the cities of Boardman, Hermiston, Ione, Pendleton, Pilot Rock, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Connell, Prosser, Tri-Cities, Dayton, Waitsburg and Walla Walla.
Yakima city leaders are letting people know the NWS forecasts six consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures starting Tuesday.
The agency cautions hot conditions can lead to health concerns such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Officials are reminding people to reschedule outdoor activities to early morning or evening if possible.
They also suggest drinking a lot of fluids, staying out of the sun and checking in on relatives and friends who may be vulnerable to conditions.
A Red Flag warning is also in effect due to dry, windy conditions in Kittitas Valley, the Lower Columbia Basin and the Blue Mountain Foothills.
The warning is impacting the eastern Washington regions from Tuesday afternoon until 8 p.m. Wednesday, while the Kittitas Valley is only impacted through Tuesday evening.
Leaders said wind gusts could reach up to 30 miles per hour in the evening.
Action News went out to two fires in Benton County Tuesday afternoon. One fire burned along 240 in Kennewick and another at East Nine Canyon Road in Finley. There is no word on what caused these fires.
Weather leaders say low humidity and strong winds could cause the quick spread of any fires in the area. According to the Benton County Fire District 1, no burning is allowed in the county as fire danger is rated as extreme for the week starting Wednesday.