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Press Releases
July 2017




South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning, which replaces a previously issued Fire Weather Watch, for all of Pacific County which is in effect from 11:00 a.m. August 1 - 11:00 p.m. Thursday August 3, 2017. 
A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior.  A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents.
The National Weather Service Portland Office is forecasting north to northwest winds and relative humidity as low as 19%. There will also be significant air instability with a mid-level Haines index of 6 and an upper level Haines index of 5-6. An outdoor burn ban is already in effect in all of Pacific County.
As fire conditions can change frequently, PCEMA will not be posting updated information.  Residents are encouraged to check with the Weather Service website for updated information at




South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Willapa Hills in eastern Pacific County. This replaces the previously issued Excessive Heat Watch. This warning is in effect from noon Tuesday August 1, 2017 until 11:00p.m. on Friday August 4, 2017.
High temperatures are forecast to be near 100 degrees Tuesday, and forecast to reach 104 to 107 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. Friday’s high temperature may also be near 100 degrees. Low temperatures will remain warm overnight; dropping only into the mid-60’s to lower 70’s. The hot weather will create stress for anyone outdoors and involved in physical activity, as well as those not acclimated to the heat and the elderly. Do not leave children in your vehicle.
In addition, the Excessive Heat Watch remains in effect for the coastal areas of Pacific County from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 2, 2017, with forecast highs in the mid-80’s to the mid-90’s. The warmest temperatures will be in communities away from the immediate coastline.  It should be in the low to mid 80s Thursday, but there is a possibility that it could be warmer than currently forecast.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing and stay hydrated. Ensure your pets have shelter and water.
Please visit the NWS website at for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.




South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course in Raymond. Training is scheduled as follows:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The course will be held in Raymond, specific location information will be sent out at time of registration. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 24 participants.
The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 29 hours of initial training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first three days and practical exercises during the last day. Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend.
To register or for more information, contact PCEMA Director Scott McDougall at (360) 875 or 642-9338 or email  

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