WARNING: Heat+Dry=Forest Fire. What Campers Need to Know!
When it's this hot, you want to do two things: One - cool off, somehow, someway. Two - if someone asks 'Hey, hot enough for 'ya?' you want to, well.........cool off, somehow, someway.
With temperatures exceeding the century mark in the Yakima Valley for the past few days and with both a 'Red Flag Warning' and an 'Excessive Heat Warning' from the National Weather Service for our area through this evening - getting somewhere to cool off just might be a great idea.
Maybe - head for the hills, camp by a lake or stream and relax. Sounds great, but if you plan on building a campfire when you get there - you may want to check twice to be sure it's even allowed where you'll be pitching a tent.
VERY IMPORTANT to know BEFORE you go. With all of the HEAT and TINDER DRY conditions in the region, it only takes a spark to go from family fun to disaster.
Early on Friday morning, a fire near Plain, WA was reported. Robin DeMario, Public Affairs Specialist with the Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest says:
The 40+ acre Chikamin Fire is located in the Chikamin Ridge area 22 miles north of Leavenworth, Washington. The fire is burning in heavy timber with some tree torching occurring. One helicopter is dropping water on the fire; a fire engine crew is also assigned. Smoke is very visible. Road No. 6210 and trailheads in the vicinity are closed due to public safety concerns.
Stay cool this weekend. Stay safe and stay informed.