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Reg Flag Warning issued in Spokane County and surrounding areas until Saturday

UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

FILE – A helicopter uses a bucket to drop water on the Milepost 22 wildfire, Thursday, June 21, 2018, near Vantage, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
FILE – A helicopter uses a bucket to drop water on the Milepost 22 wildfire, Thursday, June 21, 2018, near Vantage, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Spokane will be under a Red Flag Warning from 2 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

A Red Flag Warning signals a high risk for fire. Windy weather, low humidity and high temperatures contribute to the possibility of fires. Other areas under the warning are Whitman, Adams, Grant and Douglas counties and southern portions of Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens and Ferry counties as well as the Okanogan Valley in Okanogan County.

Friday will reach a high of 86 degrees, and between midnight and 3 a.m. Sunday, Spokane will likely see rain with a possible thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service.

Matt Fugazzi, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said exposed terrain like dry grass fields will be especially at risk for fire.

“If there are any fires that start, they’re going to spread quite rapidly,” he said. “These thunderstorms will have lightning but they may not have any rain to put out a fire.”

The nearest fire to Spokane is six miles southwest of Cashmere, Washington and has burned 400 acres as of 9:45 a.m. Friday.