High winds and very dry conditions are raising wildfire risks across many parts of eastern Washington tonight. The dangerous fire conditions prompted the National Weather Service to declared a red flag warning until 11 p.m. tonight for the Upper Columbia Basin, Palouse, Wenatchee area, Kittitas Valley and the Methow and Okanogan valleys.
West winds are expected to increase tonight to 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 49 mph while the relative humidity dips to between 9 percent and 19 percent. These conditions will make any fires that develop in grass or brush very likely spread rapidly.
Residents of the areas affected should monitor local media to learn of any road closures or evacuation orders from their local emergency officials.
Check out these links to stay informed and up to date.
- Get updates about DNR’s fire program: twitter.com/waDNR_fire
- National Weather Service office in Spokane
- InciWeb (updates about major wildfires)
- Burn Risk Map
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