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Cooler Weather To Aid Wildfires

July 21, 2014 by staff 

Cooler Weather To Aid Wildfires, Forecasters say calmer winds and cooler temperatures are headed for a fire-scorched region of Washington state, conditions that could help firefighters in their battle against wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of terrain.

Sunday’s official estimate put the wildfire burning in north-central Washington at more than 370 square miles, compared with 260 square miles on Friday.

The forecast for Monday and Tuesday calls for lighter winds and temperatures, said Spokane-based National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Koch.

“Overall, it looks like the weather scenario is improving,” Koch said.

Then on Wednesday a “vigorous” front is expected to cover Washington, bringing rain to much of the state. But it will also bring lighting, he added.

“The benefits of the system are still up in the air,” Koch said. “We may get some rain where we need it, but we may also experience some lighting that could cause some new ignitions.”

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