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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Pendleton OR
242 PM PDT Mon May 29 2017

...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING FREQUENT LIGHTNING POSSIBLE
ACROSS CENTRAL OREGON AND THE LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN ON TUESDAY...

.An upper level disturbance in a southwest flow aloft will bring
scattered thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening across
central and northeast Oregon and south central and southeast
Washington. It has been over ten days since this area has observed
any appreciable amounts of rainfall...and the grassy areas are
drying quickly. Cloud-to-ground lightning may cause new fire
starts.

ORZ640-641-WAZ641-675-301700-
/O.NEW.KPDT.FW.A.0001.170530T1900Z-170531T0400Z/
Central Mountains of Oregon-Lower Columbia Basin of Oregon-
Lower Columbia Basin of Washington-
Eastern Washington Southern Columbia Basin-
242 PM PDT Mon May 29 2017

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
TUESDAY EVENING FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING AND GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS
FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 640, 641, 641, AND 675...

The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a Fire
Weather Watch, which is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through
Tuesday evening.

* AFFECTED AREA...In Oregon...Fire weather zone 640 covering the
  Crooked River National Grasslands and the Prineville District.
  In Washington and Oregon...Fire Zone 641 covering the Lower
  Columbia Basin and the Blue Mountain Foothills. In
  Washington...Fire weather zone 675 covering the Hanford Fire District
  and the lower Yakima Valley.

* TIMING...Scattered thunderstorms will develop early Tuesday
  afternoon in Central Oregon then across the Lower Columbia Basin
  of Oregon and Washington Tuesday afternoon and evening. West
  winds will increase to around 10 to 20 mph by late Tuesday
  afternoon.

* LIGHTNING ACTIVITY...3 meaning scattered thunderstorms with
  light to moderate rain.

* PRECIPITATION...Most storms will produce rainfall amounts less
  than a tenth of an inch. A few storms may produce up to one
  quarter of an inch of rain.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
  There will be breezy winds in addition to thunderstorms. Outdoor
  burning is not recommended.

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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