Rapid fire growth potential in Okanogan Valley

Red flag warning issued in Wenatchee Valley

— The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the east slope of the Cascade Mountains, Okanogan Valley and Waterville Plateau calling for the possibility of rapid-fire growth.

“Gusty winds Thursday and Friday will bring the potential for rapid wildfire growth with any new starts or ongoing fires,” meteorologists said. “Winds will generally be from the west-southwest Thursday then becoming north to northwest Thursday evening and Friday.”

The outlook also covers portions of Garfield and Asotin counties, the Palouse region, Moses Lake, upper Columbia Basin, and Spokane and Wenatchee areas.

Meanwhile, a Red Flag Warning took effect today at 3 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Wenatchee Valley

The warning calls for wind gusts upward of 35 mph and a humidity of 14 percent to 23 percent.

“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shorty,” a statement from the service said. “A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create extreme fire growth potential.”


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