Washington State problems read the flag on potential lightning, dry conditions can spark fires

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A red flag warning was issued Wednesday for parts of western Washington due to the threat of thunderstorms in dry conditions.

The warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect from 2 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, KING5 reported.

Areas affected include the eastern sides of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties, as well as areas near the coast on the Olympic Peninsula from Hoquiam north to Neah Bay. The National Weather Service warns that lightning in dry areas can quickly cause fires.

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A red flag was raised in parts of western Washington due to lightning.

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“Thunderstorms can also cause sharp and sudden wind changes to existing fires, causing rapid changes in the rate of spread and direction of spread of a fire,” the weather service warns. “The outgoing winds of a thunderstorm can pose a threat for several hours after a new lightning-caused fire starts.”

Thunderstorm activity “will generally resume in the early afternoon,” weather officials said. However, the activity is possible in the morning.

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There are currently no major fires in western Washington. Three larger wildfires are burning east of the Cascades, including the Cow Canyon, Vantage Highway and Williams Lake fires.

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