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Air Stagnation Advisory issued December 17 at 9:42AM PST until December 19 at 12:00PM PST by NWS

..LIGHT WINDS AND INVERSIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH MUCH OF THE WORKWEEK. THIS WILL LEAD TOWARD STAGNANT AIR CONDITIONS OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON. ...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST FRIDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND STABLE CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE

Today

Hi39° Chance Rain

Tonight

Lo36° Rain/Snow

Friday

Hi40° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo31° Rain/Snow Likely

Saturday

Hi38° Rain/Snow

Saturday Night

Lo32° Rain

Sunday

Hi40° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo35° Mostly Cloudy

Monday

Hi43° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo33° Partly Cloudy

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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