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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 10 at 1:30PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA

Overnight

Lo32° Slight Chance Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi39° Chance Rain and Patchy Fog then Rain

Thursday Night

Lo34° Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain then Slight Chance Showers

Friday Night

Lo33° Slight Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi47° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi56° Partly Sunny

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SN3Z1268

I was up in the mountains near Fish Lake last week with entomologist Connie Mehmel with the forest service looking at budworm damage when on our return, the front tire blew out of the forest service's Ford Ranger. Not too big of a problem but as we found out, the jack that they issue with this truck is way too small! We jacked the truck up - not enough height. We put a piece of asphalt we found along the highway under the jack - not enough height. We put a rock between the asphalt and jack and could just get the tire off the truck but it wasn't high enough to get the new tire on.

I put the bad tire under the chassis and tried that but it was still not enough. I put asphalt between the tire and truck but that didn't hold up. I put a large rock there instead and was then able to get three layers of asphalt under the jack to get the new tire on! BUT - when I jacked it down, the truck now wouldn't go down far enough to get the jack out. So here's what I did:

I put the rock under the tire and we drove the truck off the rock. Ford needs to either put a decent jack in the truck or add the above steps in their operators manual.