Three Firefighters Killed – A Cool Down Could Fuel a Flare Up
“On Wednesday night, we received the news that three U.S. Forest Service firefighters lost their lives battling a wildfire near the town of Twisp, Washington. We mourn the loss of the brave firefighters whose commitment to duty was so deep that they gave their own lives to protect others. We also extend our profound sympathies to the families and loved ones of the fallen, whose sacrifices are equally worthy of honor, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are recovering from injuries sustained in the line of duty. As we press on through an extraordinarily challenging wildfire season, we are reminded yet again of the perils our firefighters face as they protect communities from wildfire. Our firefighting personnel have been particularly hard hit this year and we’ve lost several lives. We continue to mourn for them and offer support to their families. On behalf of the American people, thank you to those who keep us safe.” – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of three of our Forest Service firefighters,” said National Forest spokesman Mike Williams. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and fellow crewmembers of these brave firefighters.”
Names of the deceased firefighters have not yet been released pending the notification of their next of kin.
TThe Pacific Northwest suffered through yet another heatwave this week with record highs being set along the I-5 corridor from Seattle down to Eugene, Oregon. A change is coming for the Northwest Thursday as an upper level trough begins to take shape ushering in cooler air from the Pacific and will chase away the latest round of oppressive heat. High temperatures throughout much of Washington and Oregon will be 15 to 25 degrees cooler than Wednesday.
While relief from the heat will be welcomed by most, the system will come through without producing much rain and will generate strong winds. Combine those with extremely dry soil conditions and the conditions are right to either start new wildfires or increase the severity of the existing wildfires. With that in mind, there is a Red Flag Warning in place for much of the Northwest region.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Jason Cerjak
(Post image: Washington National Guard)