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Wednesday, August 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Elevated wildfire conditions in Spokane County Thursday prompt Red Flag Warning

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

The National Weather Service on Thursday, July 18, 2019 issued a Red Flag warning for much of Eastern Washington, including part of Spokane County, because of elevated wildfire conditions. The area shaded in pink represents the area for the warning. (Courtesy of National Weather Service)
The National Weather Service on Thursday, July 18, 2019 issued a Red Flag warning for much of Eastern Washington, including part of Spokane County, because of elevated wildfire conditions. The area shaded in pink represents the area for the warning. (Courtesy of National Weather Service)
From staff reports

A dry and windy weather forecast for Thursday has led the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning for about 16 counties in Eastern Washington, including parts of Spokane County and the city of Spokane.

The warning lasts from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Wind gusts will hit 25 to 35 mph, and high temperatures are expected to be around 78 degrees in downtown Spokane, said Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Bodnar.

Bodnar said he would recommend people refrain from pile burning, parking hot cars on dry grasses and welding near dry grasses.

Red Flag warnings are issued when conditions for wildfires are elevated due to weather conditions.

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