Yakima Valley Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Air Quality Alert
Issued: 9:30 AM PDT Aug. 20, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Air quality alert remains in effect until noon PDT Thursday...

The Washington state department of ecology has issued an air quality
alert... in effect until noon PDT Thursday for the following counties
in central, south central and southeast washington:

Benton
Columbia
Franklin
Kittitas
Klickitat
Walla Walla
Yakima

Unhealthy air will be common at times across central, south
central and southeastern Washington due to the large wildfires
currently burning around the region.

Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses
are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience
respiratory distress, you should speak with your physician.

Smoke from ongoing fires in northern Washington and British Columbia
will continue to move across the area.

For additional information on wildland fire smoke impacting
Washington visit the Washington smoke blog at
http://wasmoke.Blogspot.Com and for current Washington air quality
levels, visit https://fortress.WA.Gov/ecy/enviwa/ or airnow.Gov.
You may also contact your local air quality agency.

Information about air quality is on the Washington department of
ecology web site at http://www.Ecy.WA.Gov/air.Html or call 360-407-
6000.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes... runny nose... aggravate
heart and lung diseases... and aggravate other serious health
problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it
is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung
condition.



930 am PDT Mon Aug 20 2018

... Air quality alert remains in effect until noon PDT Thursday...

The Washington state department of ecology has issued an air quality
alert... in effect until noon PDT Thursday for the following counties
in central, south central and southeast washington:

Benton
Columbia
Franklin
Kittitas
Klickitat
Walla Walla
Yakima

Unhealthy air will be common at times across central, south
central and southeastern Washington due to the large wildfires
currently burning around the region.

Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses
are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience
respiratory distress, you should speak with your physician.

Smoke from ongoing fires in northern Washington and British Columbia
will continue to move across the area.

For additional information on wildland fire smoke impacting
Washington visit the Washington smoke blog at
http://wasmoke.Blogspot.Com and for current Washington air quality
levels, visit https://fortress.WA.Gov/ecy/enviwa/ or airnow.Gov.
You may also contact your local air quality agency.

Information about air quality is on the Washington department of
ecology web site at http://www.Ecy.WA.Gov/air.Html or call 360-407-
6000.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes... runny nose... aggravate
heart and lung diseases... and aggravate other serious health
problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it
is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung
condition.


Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 2:56 PM PDT Aug. 20, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Red flag warning remains in effect until 9 PM PDT this evening
for gusty winds and low humidity for fire weather zones 640, 641
and 675...

* affected area... fire weather zone 641 in Oregon and Washington.
Fire weather zone 675 in Washington. Fire weather zone 640 in
Oregon

* timing... winds will increase this afternoon. Relative humidity
has reached critical values. Relative humidity will improve
late Monday evening.

* Wind... in fwz 675 north winds 9 to 18 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Highest winds on exposed ridges. In fwz 641 north to northeast 6
to 11 mph with gusts to 25 mph. In fwz 640 north winds will
increase to 12 to 18 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Winds will
decrease in all zones after Sundown.

* Humidity... 15 to 20 percent.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now... .or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds... low relative humidity... and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.