* Saturday was 2016’s 2nd hottest to-date @ 96 degrees (June 5 was 97)
* Eleventh record-breaking +80 degree high temperature this year
* Burn ban is effect in all state forests, state parks and forestlands protected by DNR
* Outdoor burning, campfires in fire pits, use of charcoal briquettes are prohibited
* Liquid gas/propane stoves not using solid briquettes, have on/off controls are permitted
* Statewide ban does not include federally-owned lands, i.e. national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges
– Eleventh record-breaking +80 degree high temperature this year on August 20th
Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), broke the high temperature record for any August 20th. Today’s high of 96 (35.6 C.) broke the former record high of 95 degrees set in 1950. This is the eleventh +80 degree weather-record this year, the last one noted on August 19th. Though unofficial, Yelm area stations reported hotter temperatures.
– Ocean air (onshore flow) moves in, 20 degrees cooler Sunday, yet back into the 90’s by week’s end. Thursday, August 25 could be another record-breaker.
– “DNR bans campfires across the state”
“With the arrival this week of the most dangerous fire weather of the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is expanding the statewide burn ban effective noon today, Aug. 17 to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through Sept. 30, 2016.”