Fire weather watch is issued

By on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch due to wind and low humidity throughout the region. It goes into effect tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon and ends that night.

Winds will be out of the west at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 mph. Higher gusts could be experienced in the afternoon along the eastern Columbia Gorge into the western lower Columbia Basin and the Kittitas Valley. Humidity could drop as low as 15 percent.

The combination of wind and low humidity means that critical fire weather conditions persist that will promote increased fire spread on both new and existing fires. People are advised to pay attention to updated weather forecasts for possible red flag warnings.

Map: Tan is fire weather warning; orange is heat advisory; gray is air quality alert; fuchsia is red flag warning