Hazardous fire weather conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch.
The watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening for wind and low relative humidity.
Winds will increase — with gusts up to 35 mph — across the lower Columbia Basin on Tuesday afternoon. Afternoon relative humidity may reach as low as 12 percent. This combination will create hazardous fire weather conditions, forecasters say.
Winds will increase across Oregon and Washington south of the Horse Heaven Hills during Tuesday afternoon and across the rest of the region early in the evening.
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The combination of winds, low humidity and critically dry fuels may result in rapid fire spread, forecasters say.
A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.