SPOKANE - The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Adams, Douglas, and Grant counties.

The Fire Weather Watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening for wind and low relative humidity.

Meteorologists say west winds will increase in central Washington on Tuesday, raising concerns of grass and brush fires in the Ellensburg,

Vantage, Wenatchee, and Chelan areas.

"Wednesday will be even windier with widespread sustained winds in the 12 to 18 mph with gusts to 40 mph across the Columbia Basin, West Plains, and

Washington Palouse. Localized gusts to 50 mph will be possible around Ellensburg and Wenatchee on Wednesday," meteorologists said.

Weather experts at the National Weather Service say gusty west winds and low relative humidities will have the possibility quickly spread grass and brush fires.

The Fire Weather Watch is in effect from Thursday afternoon to Thursday evening.

Winds are expected to increase to as fast as 40 mph.

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