4 p.m. PDT October 16, 2022
Strong winds out of the east and southeast are increasing the spread of wildfires in Western Washington. Red Flag Warnings Sunday afternoon predicted 10 to 20 mph winds out of the southeast gusting at 25 to 30 with relative humidity in the low 20s.
Hilary Franz, the state’s Commissioner of Public Lands gave an update at about 2:20 p.m. Sunday:
The Loch Katrine Fire on private land and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest 30 miles east of Seattle had burned about 2,000 acres at the last estimate Sunday afternoon. Aviation resources are being used where they can be effective. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will assume command on Monday.
Ooof we can see the plume of the new #LochKatrineFire from Mount Baker ridge.
Those rains can’t come fast enough! pic.twitter.com/uWK2fdYYAC
— Blair Hunter-Lull (@blairh) October 16, 2022
Evacuations for approximately 1,000 homes are in effect at the Nakia Creek Fire 9 miles north of Washougal, Washington 11 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. At 2 p.m. Sunday it had burned about 400 acres.
— Clark Co Wa. Sheriff (@ClarkCoSheriff) October 16, 2022