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Heat, wind bring high fire danger to region

The National Weather Service today has posted a red-flag warning for high fire danger due to a combination of heat, low humidity and wind expected this afternoon. The warning extends from Spokane southward into Oregon and from the Idaho state line westward to Wenatchee and Ellensburg. The warning is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Highs are expected to reach the lower to middle 90s this afternoon with southwest winds of 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 21 mph in Spokane. Spokane International Airport was recording wind gusts to 23 mph prior to 10 a.m. Relative humidity should range from 11 to 21 percent during the hottest part of the afternoon. Forecasters said that the conditions will promote rapid spread of wild fires. The breezy conditions are likely to continue on Tuesday afternoon, although afternoon high temperatures should drop back into the middle and upper 80s. Higher air pressure is being replaced today by a low-pressure system in British Columbia, which is expected to send a weak weather system across the region and then generate the increased winds through Tuesday.
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