BURN BAN: Stage 2 for King County

September 8th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Environment, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on BURN BAN: Stage 2 for King County

With all that wildfire smoke polluting the air, and hot, dry weather continuing, here’s something else to heed:

King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for King County, which prohibits all outdoor recreational fires. Outdoor cooking and heating appliances are limited to approved manufactured gas and charcoal units only.

The Stage 2 burn ban goes into effect immediately for King County, which was already in a Stage 1 burn ban. Today’s announcement comes after the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag fire danger warning for Northwest Washington that will last through Wednesday of this week.

Abnormally high temperatures and gusty winds, along with low humidity, have prompted both warnings. Large fires in Eastern Washington and Oregon have also contributed to reduced air quality in the Puget Sound region.

During a Stage 2 burn ban, any outdoor fire such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped firewood or charcoal is prohibited. Under the ban, any person with a recreational fire who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue such burning when ordered or notified to do so can be charged with, up to and including, a misdemeanor.

Manufactured portable outdoor devices are allowed, including barbeques and patio warmers that are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Approved fuel devices – including charcoal, natural gas or propane gas – are also allowed.

Ricketts says if residents must smoke, they should exercise extreme caution with their ashes or when they’re extinguishing cigarettes. The county asks residents to be diligent and respectful of their neighbors, and to remember this is a demanding time for first responders.

“The conditions – high temperatures, wind, low humidity – mean everyone should be on high alert about fire safety,” Ricketts said. “Things can become dangerous – and tragic – extremely fast with these conditions. Everyone should be careful.”

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BURN BAN: Now in effect for unincorporated King County

July 27th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Fire, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on BURN BAN: Now in effect for unincorporated King County

Just out of the inbox:

With dry conditions in the forecast, King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Phase 1 burn ban for the unincorporated areas of King County starting today. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

This is a Phase 1 burn ban and applies to all outdoor burning. In addition, the National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of Western Washington, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., today due to potential high wildfire conditions. During such periods recreational fires in affected areas shall be ceased.

Even when the Red Flag Warning is lifted, King County’s Phase 1 burn ban restrictions will still be in place and apply to all outdoor burning, except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. Recreational fires still pose a risk, so their use shall be limited and respected accordingly. Ricketts says recreational fires must:

-Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal
=Grow no larger than three (3) feet in diameter
=Be located in a clear spot, free from any vegetation for at least ten (10) feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
-Be attended at all times by an alert individual with equipment capable of extinguishing the fire

Ricketts added that because we are still experiencing a pandemic, residents should follow social distancing guidelines, wear face coverings, and stay six feet apart. They can also consult Public Health – Seattle & King County’s hot weather tips during a pandemic.

For properties located within cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements. This ban remains in effect until further notice.

The King County Fire Marshal reminds residents that it is every individual’s responsibility to help prevent fires that destroy lives, property, and our wildland. For more information, visit the Department of Local Services Fire Marshal’s website.

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WEATHER: Heat Advisory alert for Monday

July 26th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WEATHER: Heat Advisory alert for Monday

Get the fans out! Monday could get up to 95 degrees, according to the Heat Advisory alert issued by the National Weather Service. We haven’t seen the 90s since July of last year.

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WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Watch for Sunday pm

January 11th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Watch for Sunday pm

The National Weather Service now has our area under a Winter Storm Watch starting at 4 pm Sunday. The topline: “Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of a trace to 2 inches possible with locally up to 4 inches.” Let us know when it starts where you are! (206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline, text or voice.)

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Icy bog

December 1st, 2019 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Icy bog

Thanks to Gill for the photo – the White Center Bog iced over as temps dipped below freezing over the weekend. Now that clouds have moved in, it’s warming up … a little.

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Fall colors in White Center

October 4th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news 1 Comment »

The new season’s finally showing its colors in White Center. Thanks to Gill Loring for the photos!

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AFTER THE SNOW: Highline Public Schools back today

February 14th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on AFTER THE SNOW: Highline Public Schools back today

School reopens today! The announcement from Highline Public Schools:

Due to weather and road conditions, all schools are on a two-hour delay on Thursday, February 14. Buses will stop at their alternate bus stops–two hours later than normal.

There will be no breakfast, no morning or afternoon classes for preschool and ECEAP, and no morning classes for PSSC. Afternoon classes for PSSC will be on time. All before school programs are canceled, including clubs, activities and in-school daycare. No transportation will be provided to schools outside of our district.

Find the alternate stops by going here.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Highline Public Schools closed Wednesday

February 12th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Highline Public Schools closed Wednesday

The snow’s stopped falling but not gone yet so Highline Public Schools are closed tomorrow:

All schools are closed on Wednesday, February 13. Many roads in the north end of the district are still impassable, and buses are not able to access bus stops–even the alternate stops.

No transportation will be provided to schools outside of our district. All scheduled activities, athletic events and public meetings are canceled.

District administrative offices are open.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Tuesday school closures

February 11th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Tuesday school closures

Closed for Tuesday, February 12th:

Highline Public Schools
Holy Family Bilingual School
West Seattle Montessori

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Highline Public Schools closed Monday

February 10th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Highline Public Schools closed Monday

No waiting until the early-early-morning hours this time – as the next wave of snow arrives, Highline Public Schools has just joined the list of local districts that have already announced they’ll be closed tomorrow.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: More expected

February 10th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: More expected

Enough snow for you? No? Gill Loring shared the photos of what’s already fallen, as more heads this way.

The current National Weather Service alert is a Winter Storm Watch taking effect Sunday aftternoon.

Could be a few more inches!

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Saturday notes

February 9th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Saturday notes

Hope you are staying safe and warm! The bulk of our snowstorm coverage is on our partner site West Seattle Blog but we’ll post White Center notes here as we get them. First one, from our business-info list:

WHITE CENTER BARTELL DRUGS: Closing at noon Saturday

Anything to add for WC/North Highline, let us know text or voice at 206-293-6302, our 24/7 hotline for both websites.

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THURSDAY: Highline Public Schools’ plan

February 6th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on THURSDAY: Highline Public Schools’ plan

As announced tonight:

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WEDNESDAY: Highline Public Schools to start late

February 5th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WEDNESDAY: Highline Public Schools to start late

Here’s the Wednesday plan from Highline Public Schools:

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Changes for Tuesday

February 4th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Changes for Tuesday

The snow has stopped but overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the low 20s, meaning an icy morning, so Highline Public Schools are tentatively planning to open 2 hours late on Tuesday.

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WHITE CENTER NOW: Changes for Monday, including CLOSURE for Highline Public Schools

February 3rd, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER NOW: Changes for Monday, including CLOSURE for Highline Public Schools

5:17 AM: Update – Highline Public Schools are now CLOSED for today:

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WEATHER ALERT: High Wind Warning now in effect

January 5th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WEATHER ALERT: High Wind Warning now in effect

As of minutes ago, the National Weather Service’s High Wind Warning for our area is in effect – until 10 am Sunday. In the early morning hours, the NWS says, gusts could be as high as 60 mph. We’ll be tracking the storm as it passes through – if your power goes out or other types of storm damage (downed trees, etc) hit, once you’ve contacted authorities, please let us know too – our 24/7 text/voice hotline is 206-293-6302.

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STORM ARRIVES: 4,300+ customers lose power

December 20th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on STORM ARRIVES: 4,300+ customers lose power

12:21 PM: The wind’s here and so is the first major power outage in our area – screengrab above is from the Seattle City Light outage map. The High Wind Warning remains in effect until 7 pm.

3:34 PM: This outage is down to 1,700+ customers. And the weather is “settling down,” as the National Weather Service puts it.

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White Center weather: High Wind Warning for Thursday

December 19th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news 1 Comment »

Remember the windstorm that cut power to thousands in our area last Friday? Tomorrow we might see even-stronger winds. The National Weather Service has a High Wind Warning in effect for 7 am to 7 pm Thursday. Charge everything!

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SNOW AFTERMATH: School changes for Thursday

February 22nd, 2018 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on SNOW AFTERMATH: School changes for Thursday

(UPDATED 6:25 AM)

The snow has stopped, but what’s on the ground has stayed. School changes:

From Highline Public Schools:

Holy Family Bilingual School – 1 hour late. BASS available at 8, school starts at 9

Anything else we should know? Text or call our 24/7 hotline – 206-293-6302 – thanks!

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