Fire Weather Warning

IDZ101-WAZ673-674-684-686-687-120300-
/O.CON.KOTX.FW.W.0013.000000T0000Z-180812T0300Z/
Northern and Central Idaho Panhandle (Zone 101)-
East Washington Northern Columbia Basin (Zone 673)-
East Washington Palouse and Spokane Area (Zone 674)-
East Washington Okanogan/Methow Valleys (Zone 684)-
East Washington Northeast (Zone 686)-
East Washington Okanogan Highlands (Zone 687)-
743 AM PDT Sat Aug 11 2018

…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING
FOR DRY THUNDERSTORMS THIS MORNING FOLLOWED BY GUSTY WINDS…

* Affected Area: Fire Weather Zone 101 Northern and Central
Idaho Panhandle (Zone 101)…Fire Weather Zone 673 East
Washington Northern Columbia Basin (Zone 673)…Fire Weather
Zone 674 East Washington Palouse and Spokane Area (Zone 674)…
Fire Weather Zone 684 East Washington Okanogan/Methow Valleys
(Zone 684)… Fire Weather Zone 686 East Washington Northeast
(Zone 686) and Fire Weather Zone 687 East Washington Okanogan
Highlands (Zone 687).

* Winds: Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph this morning increasing to 10
to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph this afternoon.

* Relative Humidities: 11 to 19 percent in the valleys and 20 to
30 percent over the higher terrain.

* Lightning: A chance of dry thunderstorms this morning mainly
over Northeast Washington into the north Idaho Panhandle.

* Timing: Dry thunderstorms this morning. Breezy conditions this
afternoon and evening.

* Impacts: Any thunderstorms can lead to new fire starts. Dry
and breezy winds have the potential for increased fire spread
of current or new fires.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now….or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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