Red Flag warning issued by NWS for Southeastern Washington, Northern Oregon

Burn restrictions are in place to prevent wildfires under hot conditions.
Red Flag warning issued by NWS for Southeastern Washington, Northern Oregon
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PENDLETON, Oreg. — The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag warning across Southern Washington and Northern Oregon for Friday, June 4.

According to the NWS, a Red Flag warning is used to alert communities of increased fire risk caused by warm temperatures, low humidities, and strong winds. This combination of weather factors increases the likelihood of severely dangerous fires that could spread at a great pace.

Below are some NWS tips on how to adapt to weather conditions during a Red Flag warning:

  • If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.
  • Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.
  • Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.

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The Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Pendleton, Ellensburg, Boardman, and The Dalles are all at-risk under the Red Flag warning. This warning will stay in effect from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday. Burn restrictions will be put in place to prevent the spread of fires caused by human activity.

City of Pasco Fire Department officials say that barbeques are still allowed under current restrictions, but they ask that the community pays close attention while cooking on an open flame.

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