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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

Overnight

Lo33° Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi38° Chance Rain/Snow

Thursday Night

Lo33° Rain/Snow Likely

Friday

Hi40° Rain/Snow Likely

Friday Night

Lo30° Cloudy

Saturday

Hi34° Rain/Snow Likely

Saturday Night

Lo32° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi41° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo35° Mostly Cloudy

Monday

Hi42° Partly Sunny

Our mismanaged, tinder forests

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When our overgrown forests are rife with standing dead and diseased trees, a single heat source finds this to be the opportune fuel source for a catastrophic chain reaction, the type of catastrophic chain reaction that we are witnessing right now in Washington state. Here are my personal feelings on the fires that are currently threatening my childhood home in Plain:

The timberland that is under intense high heat currently referred to as the Chiwaukum Fire, after flames are put out by an act of God, in 20 years will look similar to Tumwater Canyon along Highway 2 or the Entiat Ridge. In 1994, there were three areas burned, referred to as the Hatchery Creek Complex, Rat Creek, and the Tyee Complex. Twenty years later, you can still see the damage done to our forests from raging flames that burned intensely, depleting the soil of nutrition that allows for regeneration. These fires started on July 24, 1994, and were not out until Dec. 24.

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