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Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office
Friday July 26th, 2019 :: 07:11 p.m. PDT


Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Saturday Noon-8 PM due to gusty winds & low humidity-Details at:

Event: Fire Weather Watch
Alert: ...Dry and Breezy through Saturday...
Dry and very warm conditions this afternoon with temperatures in
the lower 90s will be followed be a marine push through the
Cascade gaps in the early evening. A few hours of critical wind
and low humidity is expected in the late afternoon and early
evening before relative humidity recovers. A cold front passage
tonight will result in breezy winds over much of eastern Washington
on Saturday. Dry conditions combined with gusty winds will result
in rapid fire spread with any new or ongoing fires.
The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Fire Weather
Watch for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect from
Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening.
* Winds: West 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Winds shifting
north in the Okanogan Valley after 1600.
* Relative Humidities: 16 to 25 percent.
* Impacts: Gusty winds and low relative humidities will promote
rapid fire spread of existing fires and any new fire starts.
Instructions: A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.
Target Area:
Northeast Mountains
 Okanogan Highlands
 Okanogan Valley
Fire Danger rating in southern Pend Oreille County remains High and moderate in Northern Pend Oreille County
All outdoor burning is banned except for recreational fires:
Recreational fires on improved property will be allowed when the Washington State Department of Natural Resources allows campfires in designated campgrounds in Pend Oreille County if and only if the recreational fire meets all of the following conditions:
The fire
(1)  Is attended at all times
(2)  Is no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet and no taller than 2 feet
(3)  A charged hose or five gallons of water is present along with a       shovel and
(4)  There is a fire break/non-combustible surface of at least three feet around the fire.

In the event that a fire escapes, the property owner is responsible for any and all fire suppression costs."

Effective June 7, 2019 the following Burning Controls are in effect in Pend Oreille County:
1.) All outdoor burning is banned
2.) Recreational  fires  in  approved  fire  pits  are  allowed  provided  that  all  of  the  above conditions are met
3.) The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques are allowed.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN. 

Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office
331 S Garden Ave
Newport, WA 99156

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 509-447-3151

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