Meteorologists: ‘Extreme’ fire weather predicted

The pink area marks the Red Flag Warning area with conditions ripe for wildfire growth today. The yellow area marks a Hazardous Weather Outlook calling for breezy winds that will increase fire danger.

National Weather Service
The pink area marks the Red Flag Warning area with conditions ripe for wildfire growth today. The yellow area marks a Hazardous Weather Outlook calling for breezy winds that will increase fire danger.



— The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of Eastern Washington, including much of Okanogan County and adjacent areas.

The warning is in effect from 1-8 p.m. today.

A red flag warning means hot, dry and windy conditions are right for “extreme” wildfire growth, the weather service said.

“Windy conditions across most valley and lowland locations in Eastern Washington and low relative humidity will result in the potential for rapid fire spread with any new fire starts this afternoon,” a statement from the National Weather Service said.

The service said relative humidity is 13-20 percent. Westerly winds are expected to reach 15-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

“A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly,” the service said. “A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create extreme fire growth potential.”



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