Based on an outlook provided by the National Interagency Fire Center, high wildfire potential will persist in the central part of the state through September.
Recently, the agency released its latest three-month wildfire fire potential outlook report. The report shows no reprieve from high wildfire danger until October.
Through August and September, precipitation in Washington state has been 25% of average making for tinder-dry conditions.
It’s predicted that wildfire potential will not subside in the central part of the state until October when the La Nina weather pattern sets in. A La Nina weather pattern consists of wetter and cooler conditions than normal; that trend will span through fall and winter. The Climate Prediction Center forecasts a 50-55% chance of La Nina conditions developing beginning in late September.
The shortening of days will also contribute to a quelling of fire hazards.
In the meantime, local fire officials warn of the gusty winds forecasted in the Columbia Basin on Friday, Sept. 25 and the above-80-degree temps predicted to reemerge next week.