Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KOTX
403 AM PDT SAT JUL 4 2015

...GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY TODAY FOR THE OKANOGAN
VALLEY...HIGHLANDS...WATERVILLE PLATEAU AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF
COLUMBIA BASIN...

.GUSTY WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH A DRY AIR MASS TO PRODUCE A
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WILDFIRE ENVIRONMENT TODAY. WINDS WILL
BE CHANNELED DOWN THE OKANOGAN VALLEY AND ACROSS THE WATERVILLE
PLATEAU INTO THE WESTERN COLUMBIA BASIN AS A FRONTAL PASSAGE MOVES
THROUGH.

WAZ673-684-687-050500-
/O.CON.KOTX.FW.W.0007.150704T1900Z-150705T0500Z/
EAST WASHINGTON NORTHERN COLUMBIA BASIN (ZONE 673)-
EAST WASHINGTON OKANOGAN/METHOW VALLEYS (ZONE 684)-
EAST WASHINGTON OKANOGAN HIGHLANDS (ZONE 687)-
403 AM PDT SAT JUL 4 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 10 PM
PDT THIS EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR OKANOGAN
VALLEY AND HIGHLANDS...WATERVILLE PLATEAU AND WESTERN COLUMBIA
BASIN...

* AFFECTED AREA: FIRE WEATHER ZONE 673 EAST WASHINGTON NORTHERN
  COLUMBIA BASIN (ZONE 673)...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 684 EAST
  WASHINGTON OKANOGAN/METHOW VALLEYS (ZONE 684) AND FIRE WEATHER
  ZONE 687 EAST WASHINGTON OKANOGAN HIGHLANDS (ZONE 687).

* WINDS: NORTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITIES: 4 TO 10 PERCENT IN THE VALLEYS AND 10 TO
  15 PERCENT OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

* IMPACTS: RAPID FIRE SPREAD IS POSSIBLE WITH EXISTING FIRES OR
  NEW FIRE STARTS IN THE AREA.

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 WILL
CREATE EXTREME FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

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