– Share of state experiencing drought conditions (20-year average): 27,990 sq. mi. (41.5% of land area); 2,189,948 people (33.0% of population)
— Moderate drought: 13,270 sq. mi. (19.7% of land area); 995,062 people (15.0% of population)
— Severe drought: 5,582 sq. mi. (8.3% of land area); 318,440 people (4.8% of population)
— Extreme drought: 852 sq. mi. (1.3% of land area); 44,938 people (0.7% of population)
— Exceptional drought: zero sq. mi.; no people
Washington is again facing fire danger, with more than 26% of the state abnormally dry, and other parts seeing drought levels that are moderate to severe. In summer of 2020, Washington officials issued red flag warnings for vulnerable areas, with virtually all of the central portion of the state experiencing dangerously dry conditions. The state of Washington experienced 116 weeks of drought from 2014 to 2016.