Clark County sweltered during the second day of a heat wave Sunday, but fell short of breaking temperature records.
The temperature at Pearson Field briefly spiked to 97 degrees at 3:25 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The record high for Aug. 16 is 100 degrees, set in 2012.
Though temperatures were forecast to break that record, afternoon clouds helped keep temperatures in the mid 90s before dropping in the early evening.
Most of Clark County was under an excessive-heat warning from noon Saturday until 9 p.m. Sunday.
The mercury reached 99 degrees just before 6 p.m. Saturday. That fell four degrees short of the record high for Aug. 15, which dates to 1933.
Forecasts call for heat to ease gradually this week. The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 91 on Monday before decreasing to highs in the low 80s by the end of the week.
With fire potential high, a red flag warning was also in effect through Sunday for Southwest Washington.
Though Southwest Washington fire crews did not respond to any significant grass or brush fires, a Vancouver house fire kept first reponders busy on Sunday.
At 1:30 p.m., multiple Vancouver Fire Department units were dispatched to 504 S.E. 104th Ave. in the Ellsworth Springs neighborhood. There, they found a single-story house on fire and a smoke column visible from nearby East Mill Plain Boulevard.
Crews fought the fire, which had spread to the attic, for about 20 minutes.
Nobody was injured and multiple pets inside the house were rescued, according to emergency scanner traffic monitored by The Columbian. No potential cause of the fire or damage estimates were available Sunday evening.