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Heat, smoke continue to plague eastern Washington

Heat, smoke continue to plague eastern Washington

EASTERN WASH. - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued warnings for heat and conditions that could lead to fire spread in eastern Washington.

According to the NWS of Pendleton, temperatures reaching 100-108 degrees and 95-105 degrees in areas of higher elevation, are expected to remain in the region through 8 p.m. Thursday. High temperatures will impact areas including the Yakima and Kittitas valleys and the lower Columbia Basin of Washington.

Local wildfires have also contributed to smoky air quality, prompting an Air Quality Alert. The NWS said air quality could create complications for adults over 65, children and people with heart and lung conditions. People are asked to limit their time spent outside while the advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Dry, windy conditions have also prompted a Red Flag Warning to take effect in the eastern part of the state until 11 a.m., Saturday. Under a Red Flag Warning, NWS officials said fires that catch would spread quickly due to these conditions.

Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Weather officials are urging people to spend less time outdoors to avoid heat-related illness and aggravated respiratory issues. They also recommend drinking plenty of water and rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities.

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