Heat Wave Wafts Over Coastal Communities

High temperatures Thursday and Friday are in the forecast with predictions reaching the upper 80s to high 90s for the South Washington Coast and the Oregon Coast north of Lincoln City. A quick warming trend began Wednesday as offshore flow strengthened across the region causing temperatures to soar, local highs were in the low 90s.

Warmer Weather Increases Fire Danger

Local Oregon Department of Forestry fire (ODF) officials have increased the fire danger level in the mid- to eastern part of Clatsop County. The industrial fire precaution level (IFPL) that regulates forest operations such as logging and road building on all forest lands is going to change.

As of 1a.m. on Wednesday August 15, 2012, current levels are:
NW 1 at Level I requiring a one-hour fire watch,
NW2 at Level II requiring a two-hour fire watch,
NW 3 at Level II requiring a two-hour fire watch.

The Astoria District is in regulated use, meaning that the public is also restricted on allowable activities on forest lands. Anyone driving on forest roads is required to have a shovel and either a 2.5-pound fire extinguisher or one gallon of water.

No open debris burning is allowed. Burn barrels and residential campfires are allowed with an ODF-issued burn permit. Chainsaw use on personal property is allowed until 1 p.m. daily. Campfires are only allowed in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds such as Fort Stevens, Henry Rierson Spruce Run and Gnat Creek in Clatsop County. For other campgrounds, check with the corresponding ODF office.

At this time, designated trails in the Nicolai Mountain OHV riding area are open to the public.

From the National Weather Service

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR THE NORTH OREGON AND SOUTH WASHINGTON
COASTS…
AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.
* TIMING: THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING
* TEMPERATURE: TEMPERATURES WILL WARM DRAMATICALLY ACROSS THE
REGION…WITH HIGHS IN THE UPPER 80S TO MIDDLE 90S FOR THE
COASTAL AREAS OF NORTH OREGON AND SOUTH WASHINGTON. WINDS WILL
BECOMING SOUTHERLY LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON ALONG THE NORTH
OREGON COAST…AND THURSDAY EVENING FOR SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST.
THIS WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO QUICKLY FALL BACK INTO THE 60S.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN
POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY
HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE
IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.