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Hiker Headlines: Heat Advisories, Wildfire Risk, Burn Bans, Temporary Trail Closures

Posted by Erika Haugen-Goodman at Jun 24, 2021 02:40 PM |

Heat advisories are in effect across Washington state with temperatures expected to reach triple digits in many regions. With the increased temperatures and dry weather, burn bans are in place and wildfire risk is a concern as hikers head into the backcountry. Franklin Falls and Denny Creek trails will be temporarily closed.

It's June 24. Heat advisories are in effect across Washington state with temperatures expected to reach triple digits in many regions. With the increased temperatures and dry weather, burn bans are in place and wildfire risk is a concern as hikers head into the backcountry. Franklin Falls and Denny Creek trails will be temporarily closed on Thursday, June 24.

A hiker drinking water with Mount Baker in the background
A hiker stops to take a drink of water with Mount Baker in the distance. Hikers should be aware of increased temperatures across the state as Washington braces for a heatwave in June. Photo by Laura Howard.

Heat advisories: The forecast for the next weekend and following week looks hot. Really hot. Most areas around the state will see temperatures in the 90s, with many hitting triple digits. It's important to stay hydrated when hiking in extreme heat, as well as take other precautions to avoid heat stroke and sunburn. Weather of this type is rare in June, so be prepared if you decide to venture out. If you plan to hike with a dog, be sure to bring enough water for them to stay hydrated as well.

Wildfire risk and burn bans: With increased heat and dry weather comes increased wildfire risk. Officials are warning that wildfires are increasingly likely as we begin the stretch into summer and rain falls less frequently. If you plan to hike or recreate during periods of increased wildfire risk make sure you're doing your part in reducing your own risk of causing a wildfires. A number of burn bans are also in place across the state, so be aware before you plan on having a fire.

Temporary trail closures: The Franklin Falls and Denny Creek trails will be closed for a single day on Thursday, June 24 so the Forest Service can take care of hazard trees in the area. Find alternative hikes close by if you were planning to head there in our Hiking Guide.


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