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Excessive Heat and Fire Danger

The Northwest Weather Service has issed an excessive Heath Watch and Fire Weather Watch for the eastern portions of Lincoln County. Extra fire safety precaution is advised for our East Lincoln County communities due to the dry conditions and heat watch. If traveling over the next several days out of Lincoln County be ready for the increased heat conditions in the valley.

The temperatures over the next several days will be between 97-108 degrees in east county and the valley areas. Overnight lows are expected between 62-70. Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

The warm temperatures along with wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect now through Monday evening means conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread which may threaten life and property. Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended. The period of highest concern at this time is Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening.

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