Jun 29, 2015

Sleepy Hollow Fire rages in central Washington amid record-breaking heat

West Wenatchee, WA
Kennewick, WA
USA
by
Angela Fritz
,
Washington Post
U.S. Forest Service firefighters cut brush near houses in northern Wenatchee, Wash., on June 28 as the Sleepy Hollow Fire spread quickly, fueled by low humidity and strong winds. Photo: Don Seabrook, Wenatchee World, AP
U.S. Forest Service firefighters cut brush near houses in northern Wenatchee, Wash., on June 28 as the Sleepy Hollow Fire spread quickly, fueled by low humidity and strong winds. Photo: Don Seabrook, Wenatchee World, AP

All-time June heat records are dropping like dominoes in the Northwest as a multi-day heat wave has pushed highs to triple-digits and helped to ignite a dangerously fast wildfire that forced the evacuation of several hundred homes in central Washington...

Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington, noted that one observing station near Kennewick, Wash., recorded an astonishing high temperature of 120 degrees on Sunday. “If true, this would exceed the ALL TIME RECORD TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED in Washington,” since August in 1961, when the mercury spiked to 118 degrees at Ice Harbor Dam in Walla Walla, Wash