Temperatures are going to soar in Western Washington this week, prompting a burn ban starting Thursday in Pierce County.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Tuesday warning of the incoming heat, which is expected to climb starting today. Though clouds are expected this morning, they will clear by midmorning and temperatures will rise to an estimated 86 degrees.
Thursday and Friday should be the hottest days, at 93 and 94 degrees, respectively.
Temperatures will drop into the low 80s on Saturday and then into the low 70s by Sunday, forecasters said.
The county fire marshal announced that a Stage 1 burn ban will go into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday. It will prohibit all outdoor burning except small recreational fires in pits at approved campgrounds or on private property.
Self-contained gas and propane stoves will be allowed.
People with approved burn permits from the state Department of Natural Resources should call 800-323-BURN for more firstname.lastname@example.org