Red Flag Warning issued for fire weather through Monday
High heat also prompts health warning, even if you're used to it
Last updated 7/15/2023 at 4:12pm
The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Red Flag
Warning for much of this region for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect
from 2 p.m. Sunday to 11 p.m. Monday.
A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will be shortly.
A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
* Affected Area: Fire Weather Zone 705, the foothills of the Central
Washington Cascades; Fire Weather Zone 706, the Waterville Plateau; and Fire Weather Zone 707
the Western Columbia Basin. Those include parts or all of Grant and Douglas counties and about half of Adams County.
* Winds: West 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph Sunday late afternoon and evening, increasing to 15 to 25 mph with gusts up
to 45 mph by Monday.
* Relative Humidities: 11 to 18 percent Sunday and 15 to 25 percent Monday.
* Impacts: Temperatures in the mid 90s to near 100 Sunday afternoon combined with dry winds will lead to the potential for rapid spread of any new and existing fires. Despite cooler temperatures and higher humidity Monday, wind speeds will be stronger and more prolonged through the day.
A heat advisory also issued for health
A HEAT ADVISORY is also in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday.
* WHAT...High temperatures of 95 to 102 degrees. Limited relief at night with low temperatures in the mid 60s to low 70s.
* WHERE...Odessa, Creston, Brewster, Harrington, Wilbur, Okanogan, Grand Coulee, Ritzville, Tonasket, Bridgeport, Coulee City, Omak, Nespelem, Oroville, and Disautel Pass.
* WHEN...From 11 AM Saturday to 9 PM PDT Sunday.
* IMPACTS...Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...People acclimated to heat are also susceptible to heat related illness. Everyone should take precaution to avoid heat related illness.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.