Northeast Mountains

Fire Weather Warning:

Issued at: 6:09 am PDT on August 29, 2015, expires at: 7:00 PM PDT on August 29, 2015
  • ...Red flag warning remains in effect from 11 am this morning to 7 PM PDT this evening for wind and low relative humidity for northern Washington and north Idaho...
  • affected area: fire weather zone 101 northern and central Idaho Panhandle (zone 101) weather zone 673 East Washington northern Columbia Basin (zone 673) weather zone 674 East Washington Palouse and Spokane area (zone 674)... fire weather zone 677 East Washington central Cascade valleys (zone 677)... fire weather zone 684 East Washington Okanogan/Methow valleys (zone 684) weather zone 686 East Washington northeast (zone 686) and fire weather zone 687 East Washington Okanogan Highlands (zone 687).
  • Winds: southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts 45 to 60 mph. Gusts as high as 65 mph in the mountains. Except in fire weather zone 677 winds southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 35 to 55 mph. Mountain wave activity in the Lee of Mission Ridge could result in isolated stronger gusts. Strongest sustained winds expected along the Columbia River between Entiat...Chelan and Pateros.
  • Relative humidities: 20 to 30 percent in the valleys. 30 to 40 percent in the mountains.
  • Impacts: very windy conditions and low relative humidities will result in rapid growth of existing fires or any new ignitions. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions will develop today. The very strong winds coupled with the lower relative humidity will create extreme fire growth potential.

High Wind Watch:

Issued at: 2:57 PM PDT on August 28, 2015, expires at: 8:00 PM PDT on August 29, 2015
  • ...High wind watch remains in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening...
  • winds...southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 to 65 mph.
  • Timing...winds will increase Saturday morning and peak by the early afternoon hours. Winds will relax late Saturday evening.
  • Impacts...high winds may result in in toppled trees and downed power lines. Strong cross winds will result in hazardous travel for high profile vehicles...especially along Interstate 90 and along Highway 2. Winds will also produce blowing dust across the basin into the surrounding valleys. Blowing dust may result in visibility reduced to one quarter mile at times. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph...or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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