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Hal/WA    Posted 02-24-2005 at 21:55:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I went for a walk in my woods today. It was about 50 degrees and sunny, as it has been most days for a couple of weeks. I saw my first buttercup of the season. Nice walk, but it kind of scared me.

I have lived on the same property nearly 50 years and don't ever remember seeing a buttercup in February--they usually start in mid March. And the grass is dry enough to really burn and take off. Usually this time of year the grass is covered with a foot or more of snow. There is no snow around here, even on the mountain. The weatherman says that we are experiencing a split jet stream, which leaves Washington and most of Oregon in high pressure, which diverts all of our usual wet weather North and South. We have had no more than a trace of precipitation in February, which is usually one of the wettest months. It is supposed to be the dryest February in all the years of weather records locally.

I am real worried about the approaching fire season. It is usually extremely dry from July through September around here, but usually there is little fire danger before the 4th of July. If we don't get some precipitation soon, our brush fire season could start tomorrow. And the dryland crop future looks dismal.

Anybody know a sure-fire rain dancer? We could sure use one! Pray for precipitation.

Willy-N    Posted 02-24-2005 at 22:51:02       [Reply]  [No Email]

It got up to 53 degs today outside of Okanogan at the 2,800 ft level! I was working out side till night with a shirt on. I burns quite well right now I know there is a feild burning near me. Normaly we would be on this in a second with out thought but it is a so called control burn on the Fire Cheifs place. I probley will be on a fire next month as dry as it is. People are starting to burn around there places and it is just as dry as July right now. I am suprised there isn't a burn ban in place right now?? Stuff is burning like July not Feb and the season is several months off for us still (3-4 mos.)!?Mark H.

gran    Posted 02-25-2005 at 01:28:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a burn ban on for three counties in Washington.

SusieQ    Posted 02-25-2005 at 03:37:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our state has a burn control...Forest Fire Season, 3/1/5 thru 6/30/05, no burning in city limits, only burning done after 4 pm. must be out by 7 am. And if any fires get out of hand, the one burning can be held responsible and chargable for any and all, it pays to be really careful, esp. on any dry/windy days.

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