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CRESA EOC partially activated

CRESA EOC has partially activated and have opened our call center 360-992-9229 for individuals requesting information regarding the Archer Mountain / Eagle Creek fires and the current health risk.

Current information from Skamania County can be found on their Skamania County Sheriff’s Office page.

To sign up for reverse notifications in CLARK County, please sign up here: http://www.clarkpublicalerts.org/

Skamania County Emergency Notifications please sign up at www.PublicAlerts.org

Current health advisory for Clark County is to act in this event as you would in extreme heat by staying indoors and people with respiratory issues take care.

Smoke and Ash Observed In Clark County

Update 8/22 5:45 PM: Oregon Department of Environment Quality has issued an air quality alert for the Portland Metropolitan Area until 4:00 PM Sunday.  Air quality may briefly reach very unhealthy levels late tonight into Sunday morning.  For full details visit http://inws.wrh.noaa.gov/weather/alertinfo/25850705

Smoke and ash from the Mt Adams area Cougar Creek fire has been observed in Clark County and throughout the region.

9-1-1 and local fire agencies have received many calls from those who believe the smoke is related to new fires within Clark County.  At this time it is not necessary to report the smokey conditions to 9-1-1 unless you observe actual fire or a smoke column observed within the county.

The smoke may effect air quality and those sensitive to poor conditions should take precautions to avoid prolonged exposure to wild fire smoke.

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Check Out County Fire Danger Levels

Today, there were several reports of grassfires along Interstate 5 with a relatively warm weekend behind us.  

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It is important to know that with warm temperatures, it is important to be attentive to any ignition sources as grasses can catch fire and spread pretty quickly.

Did you know that there is a website that you can check out in Washington State to determine what the county-by-county fire danger is?  It’s hosted by the Department of Natural Resources and can be found at http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx

By checking out the county list, you can easily see if your county, in Washington State is at low or extremely high risk of fire danger. 

Reason #1 to Water Your Indoor Tree….

The U.S. Fire Administration posted a video on their blog which illustrates the startling difference between watered and dry Christmas trees when it comes to fire.

Check this out:

Weekend Preparedness Thoughts

After a busy day for fire fighters here in Clark County, we remain under a “red flag warning” for through Saturday evening. This means that the brush is very dry and susceptible to catching fire pretty easily around the area.

There are 2 things you can do to help our community as we wait out the heat:
1) If you smoke in a vehicle, PLEASE do not throw burning cigarette butts out a window!
2) Consider carrying some extra water in your car as you travel anywhere.

As was visible today with a 24-mile traffic tie-up in Clark County, we experienced a number of 9-1-1 calls relating to folks waiting in traffic who became quickly dehydrated in the heat. Your air conditioner in your car may not hold up during a multi-hour traffic delay and with 100 degree heat, even the most healthy people can begin to suffer the effects of heat exhaustion.

People and animals who are easily heat affected (including pregnant mothers, diabetics, children, elderly and pets) can get into trouble very quickly. While always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies in your vehicle through a 72-hour kit, please particularly consider packing some extra beverages this weekend and stay as cool as you can.

Excessive Heat Watch and RED FLAG Warning

New Information on COOLING SHELTERS (Updated 08/14/2008, 5:45 PM)

The Columbian newspaper has cooling center information for those who need relief HERE!

Excessive Heat Warning

National Weather Service is forecasting some pretty warm temperatures for this weekend. CRESA Emergency Management has monitored their website and it looks like a 3 day event, with Friday being the warmest day. The weekend appears to be cooler.

Nevertheless, it will be warm, so remember to use some common sense around heat-related events:
1) minimize direct sun exposure
2) drink plenty of water & stay hydrated
3) wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen
4) monitor those you know who may be at high risk for excessive exposure
5) dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and protect their heads when outdoors
6) leave fresh water for pets and animals, in a shady place, if possible

For the most up-to-date forecast information, feel free to check www.weather.gov/portland.

Red Flag Warning

According to the http://www.fs.fed.us/, (USDA Forest Service) a RED FLAG Warning is the term used by fire-weather forecasters to call attention to limited weather conditions of particular importance that may result in extreme burning conditions. It is issued when it is an on-going event or the fire weather forecaster has a high degree of confidence that Red Flag criteria will occur within 24 hours of issuance. Red Flag criteria occurs whenever a geographical area has been in a dry spell for a week or two, or for a shorter period, if before spring green-up or after fall color, and the NFDRS is high to extreme and the following forecast weather parameters are forecasted to met:

  • sustained wind average 15 mph or greater.
  • Relative humidity less than or equal to 25%, and
  • 10 hour fuel moisture less than 8%

During a red flag warning, forest users are strongly urged to consider alternatives to a campfire. Never burn debris when a red flag warning is in effect. It can so easily get out of control, and you can be held liable for suppression costs.

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