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Fire weather watch issued due to low humidity, breezy conditions

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 12, 2012 at 6:06 am with No Comments »
September 12, 2012 6:06 am

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch through Thursday due to low humidity and a strong breeze.

Forecasters said a trough of low pressure is building that will drop the humidity to 15-20 percent, which will combine with an east wind 10-15 mph. That combination means unstable conditions that could lead to “rapid fire growth” because grass is already dry, the Weather Service said.

The .01 inches of rain that fell in the area Sunday night was not enough to dampen the grass and shrubs. Other areas that received more rain were left out of the fire weather watch.

Affected areas include Central and South Puget Sound lowlands, the west slopes of the Central Cascades, North Cascades, Black Hills and southwest interior lowlands and the east portion of the Olympic mountains.

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