Monday’s heat no record but makes for hot work for firefighters

Temperatures in the South Sound soared into the 90s Monday, making work harder for crews fighting brush fires in the region.

Things are supposed to cool down Tuesday. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the low 80s and then drop to the mid- and high 70s for the rest of the week.

There’s a chance of thunderstorms Tuesday, and a chance of showers until Friday, which is expected to be partly sunny, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Sea-Tac Airport’s high of 93 was just under the record of 95, set in 1977, according to the Weather Service. In Olympia, the high of 94 fell short of the 100-degree record set in 1981.

The heat Monday coincided with the state Department of Natural Resources expanding a statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on DNR-protected land. That includes recreational fires in campgrounds and charcoal briquettes.

The restriction will be in effect through Sept. 30.

Fires burning Monday in Western Washington included several in the Tenino area, and a couple brush fires at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The JBLM fires did not threaten any structures, and no one was hurt.

Crews on the base had a blaze on Range 16 near Yelm contained, and expected it to be out late Monday or early Tuesday, JBLM spokesmen Joe Kubistek said.

A fire in the southwest area of the base, by ranges 86 and 87, burned itself out Monday, he said. A good estimate of the size of those fires wasn’t available, but the base reported Sunday night that 60 acres had been extinguished and 10 or 20 acres were still burning.

Cause of the fires hadn’t yet been determined.

Smoke from the base was visible from Yelm and Roy.

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