ALERT: Winds Whip Up Wildfire Danger In E. Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the wildfire danger across Eastern Washington will be critical Tuesday afternoon and evening when winds are expected to gust as a cold front moves across the Inland Northwest.

    

With low humidity, forecasters say any fire could be spread rapidly. Several wildfires that were started nearly a month ago by a lightning storm in Eastern Washington are still smoldering and could flare up.

    

A red flag warning is in effect until Tuesday night. And, Gov. Chris Gregoire has extended a ban on outdoor burning east of the Cascades through Sunday.

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BLAKE'S WEATHER REPORT:

Good morning...well for all the folks that want Fall to arrive...today is your day! A cold front will pass over much of Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana this morning...ushering in what promises to be pretty gusty and very cool conditions. Winds around Spokane are expected to gust near 30 mph today, and it could be even greater than that in some of the valleys across the northern interior.

Due to the high winds, red flag warnings have been put into place throughout the day. Also this looks to be a dry cold front...meaning there wont be much, if any moisture with it. Just cold and windy. Expect mostly sunny skies today and temps about 10-12 degrees cooler than yesterday in the mid-60s...It's here!
 
Today: Mostly sunny, dry, GUSTY. N wind 10-20, G30 mph. High: 66°
 
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, dry, Cool. Overnight lows in 30s & 40s. N wind 5-10mph. High: 59°
 
Thursday: Expected to be first "hard freeze" for portions of N. interior. Mostly sunny. High: 60°

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