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Posted on: September 8, 2020

High Wind Warning In Effect Until 7pm Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory for most of Clark County and High Wind Warning for far North and East areas of Clark County until 7pm this evening.

High Wind Warning: More information
Wind Advisory: More information

HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM PDT THIS EVENING...

  • WHAT: East winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.
    Locally stronger wind gusts are possible across ridge tops.
  • WHEN: Until 7 PM PDT this evening.
  • IMPACTS: Tree limbs or even whole trees could be blown down. Be
    prepared for power outages. Travel will be difficult, especially
    for high profile vehicles. Some roads could be impassable due to
    downed trees and power lines.
  • FIRE CONCERNS: Conditions remain favorable for rapid fire
    spread. Use extreme caution with potential ignition sources.

Currently there are multiple Vegetation Fires throughout Clark County including:
Washougal River Road Fire: 1100 hrs 9/8/2020

  • IC – DNR
    • DNR is Managing Public Information
    • We have tied in and are sharing their messages
  • Fire is currently at 10.5 acres and is 25% contained.
  • Level 1 Evacuation (Be Ready) is still in effect for about 60 households
    • Residents Should be Ready to Leave at any moment – See Below
  • Fire Resources on Site:
    • 2 Engines
    • 2 Ten-person hand crews
    • 3 Overhead Resources
    • ** DNR is currently unable to utilize air resources due to the wind conditions. 
  • Current Road Closures:
    • WH Garner Rd (between Yacolt and Kelly Rd)
    • Washougal River Rd
    • 283rd Ave at Nourse Rd.
    • 152nd Ave (between 91st and 93 St

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

  • People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches.
  • If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows.
  • Slow down and exercise extreme caution if you must drive.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 to report smoke, only if you see an active fire
  • Avoid using your telephone and do not call 9-1-1 except for a life-threatening emergency

To Report Power Outages: 

There are 3 levels of Evacuation: 

  • Level 1 evacuations are an alert. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists, and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs, or those with pets or livestock, should take note and make preparations for relocating family members, pets, and livestock.
  • Level 2 evacuations indicate there is a significant risk to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the area, or, be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Level 3 means danger is currently affecting your area or is imminent, and you should leave immediately.

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