Fire Weather Watch continues into Friday morning

Fire Weather Watch continues into Friday morning
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The National Weather Service in Spokane issued a Fire Weather Watch for parts of the Inland Northwest.

The watch went into effect Thursday at 11 p.m. and continues through Friday at 11 a.m.

A Fire Weather Watch means there is a potential for multiple fire starts and increased fire spread. Thunderstorms and lightning strikes rolled through the Inland Northwest Friday morning and the NWS said breezy winds with gusts up to 30 mph could continue into the later part of the morning.

Fire Weather Watch out tonight for parts of the Inland NW as highlighted in the map. This watch is in effect tonight 11PM – tomorrow 11AM. Lightning strikes, little-to-no rain, followed by gusty winds, are the perfect combo for multiple fire starts & increased fire spread. #wawx pic.twitter.com/n4wbo3VLA9

— NWS Spokane (@NWSSpokane) August 1, 2019

Lightning strikes, little-to-no rain, followed by gusty winds makes for the perfect combination for multiple fire starts.

A burn ban remains in effect for all of Spokane County. All recreational fires and open burning are prohibited. You can still use your barbecue, patio warmer and outdoor fireplace, as long as it has a spark arrestor and a chimney.

The ban is in effect until further notice. If you are found disobeying the burn ban, you could be charged with a misdemeanor. You could face a fine of up to $1,000 or spend 90 days in prison – or both.

Learn more about the burn ban here.

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