Beware – PNW Red Flag Warning for dangerous fire weather conditions

A red flag warning remains in effect until 8pm for eastern Western Australia and northeastern Oregon.

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the Red flag warning Designated for the lower Columbia Basin, the Yakima and Kittitas Valleys, and the East Columbia River Gorge. according to National Weather Service Pendleton, A strong cold front is sweeping through the region and strong winds are a major concern. Motorists should be aware of scattered dust, especially near construction sites and freshly plowed fields. Visibility on the road will be difficult at times, due to strong winds.

A wind warning is in effect until 10pm in Kittitas Valley.

Strong northwest winds of 25-35 mph will continue throughout most of the day and winds of 45 mph and greater may be dangerous. The combination of stormy winds and low humidity threatens the regions with an increased risk of fire outbreaks and their rapid spread. Today is not a good day for any outdoor burning.

A red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur soon. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Never throw cigarettes from a moving vehicle. If you are Facing a dust storm, It may be necessary to pull off the road. Stop and set the emergency brake.

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