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Fire Weather Watch

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PENDLETON OR
836 AM PDT FRI AUG 26 2016

...BREEZY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY ACROSS THE COLUMBIA
BASIN AND THE EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE ON SATURDAY...

.A COLD FRONT SWEEPING ACROSS NORTHERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY
WILL CAUSE WINDS TO INCREASE ACROSS THE COLUMBIA BASIN AND
SURROUNDING VALLEYS AS WELL AS AREAS IN AND AROUND THE EASTERN
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE. THE VEGETATION IS CRITICALLY DRY...AND THE
COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY WILL CREATE DANGEROUS
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

ORZ639-641-WAZ639-641-675-262345-
/O.CON.KPDT.FW.A.0010.160827T2000Z-160828T0400Z/
EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN OREGON CASCADES-
LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN OF OREGON-
EAST SLOPES OF THE SOUTHERN WASHINGTON CASCADES-
LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN OF WASHINGTON-
EASTERN WASHINGTON SOUTHERN COLUMBIA BASIN-
836 AM PDT FRI AUG 26 2016

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 639...641...AND 675...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN WASHINGTON...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 639...641
  AND 675 COVERING THE EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND MOST OF
  KLICKITAT COUNTY...THE LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN...THE YAKIMA
  VALLEY...AND THE BLUE MOUNTAIN FOOTHILLS. IN OREGON...FIRE
  WEATHER ZONES 639 AND 641 COVERING THE EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER
  GORGE...THE LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN...AND THE BLUE MOUNTAIN
  FOOTHILLS.

* TIMING...WINDS WILL INCREASE IN THE EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER
  GORGE AROUND NOON THEN OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE WATCH AREA
  BY MID AFTERNOON.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST TO WEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO
  35 MPH. THE STRONGEST WIND WILL OCCUR IN THE EASTERN COLUMBIA
  RIVER GORGE.

* HUMIDITY...15 TO 25 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
  THE GRASSY AREAS WILL EASILY IGNITE WITH VEHICLE EXHAUST.
  OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED. KEEP VEHICLES WITH A HOT
  EXHAUST OFF OF DRY GRASS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.

&&

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