EPHRATA - The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Columbia Basin.
The Red Flag Warning is in effect until Thursday night at 8 PM, due to breezy sustained winds and low relative humidities expected through Thursday evening.
Meteorologists say the conditions will promote rapid fire spread of existing fires and any new fire starts.
"A dry cold front will move through the area Thursday afternoon and evening hours. Winds will pick up throughout the morning hours then become gusty from the west and northwest during the afternoon and evening. Afternoon humidity values will dry out in the teens to twenties then moisten through the evening, especially near the Cascades," Meteorologists at the National Weather Service stated.
Winds are expected to reach 15 mph to the west, with gusts increasing to as fast as 35 mph.
"A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior," weather experts said.