Riding the heat wave: July builds on June’s tinderbox fire conditions

Seanna Oliver, of Seattle, and her pooch Booger take a break from the heat with a refreshing float on Lake Union on Wednesday. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Seanna Oliver, of Seattle, and her pooch Booger take a break from the heat with a refreshing float on Lake Union on Wednesday. June was the warmest on record for the Seattle area, and weather forecasters said July is shaping up to be just as warm and dry. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Hot, dry weather is posing a heightened fire risk on both sides of the Cascades as Independence Day weekend approaches.

Crime

Bank robber back at it right after prison release, charges say

Fresh from prison, convicted bank robber Logan Dancer has managed to elude capture for three weeks. He’s accused of tying up and robbing employees at a Redmond computer store, then four days later, robbing the same Seattle bank he robbed twice before.

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