Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE WA
605 AM PDT SAT JUL 30 2016

...BREEZY AND LOW HUMIDITY THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS
THE COLUMBIA BASIN AND CASCADE VALLEYS...

.A DRY COLD FRONT WILL PRODUCE GUSTY CONDITIONS THROUGH THE
CASCADE GAPS AND INTO THE COLUMBIA BASIN DURING THE AFTERNOON AND
EVENING. WEST WINDS OF 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 30 MPH WILL
HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR RAPID SPREAD OF GRASS AND BRUSH FIRES.
ADDITIONALLY...LOW HUMIDITY LEVELS...BETWEEN 11 AND 22 PERCENT...
WILL BE COMMON LATE IN THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

WAZ673-674-676-677-302300-
/O.CON.KOTX.FW.W.0003.160730T2000Z-160731T0400Z/
EAST WASHINGTON NORTHERN COLUMBIA BASIN (ZONE 673)-
EAST WASHINGTON PALOUSE AND SPOKANE AREA (ZONE 674)-
EAST WASHINGTON SOUTH CENTRAL CASCADE VALLEYS (ZONE 676)-
EAST WASHINGTON CENTRAL CASCADE VALLEYS (ZONE 677)-
605 AM PDT SAT JUL 30 2016

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY SOUTH CENTRAL
CASCADE VALLEYS...THE CENTRAL CASCADE VALLEYS...THE NORTHERN
COLUMBIA BASIN...THE PALOUSE AND SPOKANE AREA...

* AFFECTED AREA: FIRE WEATHER ZONE 673 EAST WASHINGTON NORTHERN
  COLUMBIA BASIN (ZONE 673)...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 674 EAST
  WASHINGTON PALOUSE AND SPOKANE AREA (ZONE 674)...FIRE WEATHER
  ZONE 676 EAST WASHINGTON SOUTH CENTRAL CASCADE VALLEYS (ZONE
  676) AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 677 EAST WASHINGTON CENTRAL CASCADE
  VALLEYS (ZONE 677).

* WINDS: WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITIES: 11 TO 22 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS: DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO THE RAPID
  SPREAD OF ANY NEW FIRE STARTS.

* COMMUNITIES: WENATCHEE...ENTIAT...VANTAGE...GEORGE...EPHRATA...
   MOSES LAKE...DOUGLAS...WATERVILLE...WILBUR...OTHELLO...
  RITZVILLE...COULEE CITY...ELLENSBURG...YAKIMA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW....OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

&&

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