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Friday, August 28, 2015

Wind is coming!

Latest from National Weather Service: Wind advisory in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday for the Lower Columbia and I-5 Corridor. Winds will be coming out of the South with sustained winds of 15 to 30 mph and gusts of 35-45 mph.

Impacts: With a full set of leaves on trees, these winds could cause tree damage and local power disruptions. Could cause problems for outdoor events.

A Wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31-39 mph or gusts will range between 45 and 57 mph.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hey, remember rain? It's coming!

It's finally happening! According to the latest info from the National Weather Service in Portland "the first substantial rain in quite some time is expected over SW WA and NW OR later this week and especially into the weekend."

"This could be the most rain most areas in SW WA and NW OR have seen since March...The heaviest rain will be Friday night into Saturday and a second system will add to the rainfall totals into Sunday."

There will be an updated forecast with rain amounts tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Interstate 5 ramp closure in Kelso begins August 7

From WA State Dept. of Transportation
Drivers who use the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to Kelso Drive, SR 432 and Old Pacific Highway 99 (exit 36A) in Kelso should plan for a complete closure of the ramp from 7 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, August 12. Additionally, motorists approaching the intersection from Kelso Drive, eastboundSR432 /Tennant Way, and Old Pacific Highway 99 will need to use alternate routes.

During the closure contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will construct a compact roundabout and pave the intersection. The newly build roundabout will make it easier for traffic to merge, improving safety and reducing the risk of serious collisions.
Drivers should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time during the closure. Get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, the WSDOT Southwest Region Twitter feed, or the travel alerts page.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Excessive Heat Warning

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning in effect from noon today until 9:00 p.m. Friday for our area. Temperatures will reach into the 100's and could persist into the weekend.

There has also been a Red Flag Warning issued until tomorrow night. A Red Flag warning indicates hot, dry weather that could cause wildfires.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Another Heat Wave

Another multi-day heat wave will begin Wednesday.  The hottest day of the summer so far is possible on Thursday.

PRIMARY AREAS IMPACTED:  Lowland locations AWAY from the coast…i.e. the Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge.

IMPACTS:  High temperatures 95-100F.  Low temperatures in the low to mid 60s may provide some relief to those without air conditioning.  Fire danger will rise and may be especially high across Lane, Linn, Marion & Clackamas Counties where less rain fell this past weekend.

TIMING:  Wednesday through Friday.  The hottest temperatures in the next week will likely be on Thursday.

UNCERTAINITIES:  90s may persist over the weekend and possibly even into early next week.  The hottest temperatures over the weekend and early next week will likely be over the southern half of the Willamette Valley and in the central Columbia River Gorge.  Temperatures over the weekend and early next week should NOT be as hot as Wednesday through Friday of this week.

Friday, July 24, 2015

9-1-1 Communications ANI/ALI System Down

From Cowlitz County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications:

The ANI/ALI system (the automatic phone number and location information system for 9-1-1 calls) is down right now. If you have an emergency, you can still call 9-1-1, but the number you are calling from and your location will not be available to dispatchers. Should you have an emergency requiring fire or law enforcement, please stay on the line and give emergency dispatchers your location.

Technicians are working on resolving the issue and we will provide an update when the system is back up and running. Again, you can still call 9-1-1 should you have an emergency.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fire Updates

Fire Update:
Colvin Creek Fire - @80 acres burning, no containment but there are no structures in jeopardy at this time. Weather forecast over the next couple of days is favorable to get control of this fire. Public "looky-loos" are a concern, please stay away from the area unless you are a land owner.
New fire - there is a brush fire in the area of Little Kalama River Road/Woodland Heights. Crews from Clark County are responding to this fire.

Germany Creek Fire - this is still smoldering and being monitored by fire resources. There are no structures, fire area is @4 acres of difficult sloped terrain.

Toutle - also still smoldering in spots but is being monitored by fire resources.