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🔥 Hold the matches
It’s better to pay attention to any government issued burn bans than say sorry. | Photo via the Bureau of Land Management
Western Washington is already in for a hotter than normal summer, but it looks like our side of the Cascades will be at a higher than average risk of wildfires this summer, too, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The rest of the state is sitting at an average risk this year, making it already better than 2023’s outlook. Plus, a projected switch to a La Niña weather pattern later this summer may mean that we’ll get some relief toward September.

However, drier conditions, a lower than average snowpack in the mountains, a statewide drought emergency, and less rainfall this year isn’t really helping us out.

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Western Washington’s “above normal” risk area remains the same into August.


Map via National Interagency Fire Center

Of course, while we may be at a higher risk this year, these projections aren’t an indicator of how many or how big of wildfires our area might see.

To help address the risk, Puget Sound Energy is already readying its Public Safety Power Shutoff program, that will temporarily shut off power lines if there’s a potential they could start a fire. The Washington Department of Natural Resources is also planning to burn ~2,850 acres to prevent potential uncontrolled fires.

Here’s a few ways you can pull out your inner Smokey the Bear to help prevent any major disasters.
  • Pay attention to any government issued burn bans.
  • Make sure you completely extinguish any fire you make before leaving it unattended.
  • Don’t shoot off fireworks if restricted in your area.
  • Don’t burn anything if it’s windy.
  • Don’t park your vehicle in dry, grassy areas.
  • Look into whether you might need to apply for a burn permit for certain size fires.
Above all, keep an eye on announcements from your city, county, and state government departments to keep safe.
Wednesday, May 22
  • Washington Trivia | Wednesday, May 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Nine Hats Wines, 3861 First Ave. S., Seattle | $15-$65 | You might have the Birkenstocks and flannels, but are you really a Washingtonian? Test it out at this trivia night and maybe win some prizes.
  • BurlesKARAOKE - You Sing, They Tease! | Wednesday, May 22 | 7-11 p.m. | Queer/Bar, 1518 11th Ave., Seattle | $15-$ | Belt your heart out while a team of flirty dancers perform to your stellar ballads.
  • “Daisies” | Wednesday, May 22 | 7:30 p.m. | The Beacon Cinema, 4405 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle | $12.50 | In this Czechoslovak New Wave film, two wild women — both named Marie — plan a number of surrealist pranks on the people around them.
Thursday, May 23
  • Traditional Afternoon High Tea Service | Thursday, May 23-Sunday, May 26 | 12 + 2 p.m. | Bainbridge Apothecary, 450 Winslow Way E., Seattle | $78 | Pinkies up — enjoy a ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island before snacking on scones, finger sandwiches, and all the tea you can drink.
Friday, May 24
  • Portugal. The Man | Friday, May 24 | 6 p.m. | Remlinger Farms, 32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation | $55.50 | One of Remlinger Farms’ first ever concerts has a pretty big hot shot on the bill.
  • Billy Joel | Friday, May 24 | 8 p.m. | T-Mobile Park, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle | $68-$204.50 | The “Piano Man” has a few songs he’s going to sing for you.
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The Father’s Day gifts he’ll ask for every year
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It’s not too late to order the Harlestons Seaside Hoodie, Seaside Pullover, or Seaside Pocket Polo for Father’s Day. | Photos by Drew Somerville
Calling all children, partners, and friends of dads everywhere: Harlestons’ Seaside Collection will have the men in your life wishing Father’s Day — ahem, coming up on June 16 — was everyday.

Mix and match any of the pieces in the Seaside Collection (including the hoodie, polo, and quarter-zip) to create a complete look perfect for Father’s Day. Wearable throughout every season, Harlestons’ easy-care, performance fabric keeps you both cozy and cool all year long.
    News Notes
    • Ready for a rootin’, tootin’, shootin’ good time? Bumbershoot has released its musical lineup for this year’s festival. Headliners include alt-rock band Pavement, pop stars Aly & AJ, and rapper Freddie Gibbs. Tickets are on sale starting at $70. (Seattle Times)
    • Pack your bags, maple leaf lovers — Alaska Airlines has started a new direct daily flight to Toronto, the airline’s sixth Canadian destination. Flights leave SeaTac at 6:50 a.m. and land in Toronto at 2:30 p.m., and return flights depart at 3:40 p.m. and land in Seattle at 5:55 p.m. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
    • Three-time James Beard Award nominated restaurant Eight Row will be taking a “pause” from service beginning June 29 as the owners look for a new location. In preparation for its closing, Eight Row’s owners will host a pantry sale sometime in June to help get rid of items like honey and housemade nocino. (Eater Seattle)
    • Both Golden Gardens and Alki Beach parks will operate with shortened evening hours again this summer while the city continues its pilot program aimed at reducing dangerous behavior. These parks will close at 10:30 p.m. instead of 11:30 p.m. from Friday, May 24-Sunday, Sept. 22. (KING 5)
    • The Washington Huskies football team have added two new starters from the transfer portal, adding a little bit of depth to its offensive line. Hear more about these players from the local experts on the Huskies with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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    Well, yesterday was pretty gross, huh? I’ve gotta be honest, it was so hard focusing on writing this newsletter with such sleepy weather. I’m just glad to see that today’s generally the anomaly in the coming days, so expect lots more sunshine to come.
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