Winds whip up wildfire danger in Eastern Washington

Winds whip up wildfire danger in Eastern Washington

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Winds whip up wildfire danger in Eastern Washington

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by AP

KREM.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:21 AM

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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