National Weather Service
As the city of Pateros prepares for the observance of the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, meteorologists have issued a new Red Flag Warning for potential fires.
As of Friday, July 17, 2015
PATEROS As residents prepare for the annual Apple Pie Jamboree and an observance of the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex wildfire's rampage through town, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning.
The warning means dry conditions and gusty winds could lead to devastating wildfires.
Issued at 1:49 p.m. today, the warning is in effect until 9 p.m. for Pateros, the Okanogan Valley, Waterville Plateau and the western Columbia Basin.
"Gusty northerly winds will develop in the Okanogan Valley and spill out onto the western Columbia basin, including the Waterville Plateau, tonight and Friday," the National Weather Service said. "The combination of breezy winds and low relative humidity may result in rapid fire spread for any new or ongoing fires."
Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected, with gusts of up to 35 mph, the service said.
On July 14, 2014, lightning sparked four fires in Okanogan County that later merged into the massive Carlton Complex Fire.
Hot, dry conditions and gusty winds drove the flames into the city of Pateros on Thursday, July 17.
The fire destroyed 131 homes in the Pateros School District.