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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

Tonight

Lo32° Patchy Fog then Slight Chance Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi40° Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday Night

Lo35° Rain then Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo32° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi45° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo33° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi54° Partly Sunny

USDA chief: Soaring fire costs demand changes

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YAKIMA — The Forest Service, which is raiding its budget to pay for the escalating cost of Western wildfires, wants Congress to support a new funding system.

Wildfire suppression now accounts for 42 percent of the agency’s $5.6 billion budget, compared to just 16 percent of the 1995 budget, according to a new report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service’s parent department. That doesn’t include funds borrowed from other programs when fires burn through its budget, which has happened six out of the past 10 years.

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