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Evacuation levels set to 1


Evacuation alerts set to Level 1 now.

The evac levels for the Grass Valley Fire were set to level 1 Monday night, just as a community meeting at Lake Roosevelt High School was about to start (more on that in tomorrow's paper).

Level 1 means we need to be aware of the possible danger, but there is no imminent threat.

Weather today is predicted to be sunny and very hot, with very low humidity in the afternoon and winds up to 4-5 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert covering 13 counties in eastern Washington, including Grant, Okanogan, Lincoln, Douglas and Ferry, due to local and regional fires.

Grand Coulee air quality monitors at 6:52 a.m. indicated "unhealthy" air with index readings of 139-150, but I think that's the best it's been in days.

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