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Warm weather has prompted the state Department of Natural Resources to declare a state of high fire danger in the Yakima Valley starting Friday, June 14.

DNR officials also banned debris-

disposal fires on state lands in the Valley due to weather conditions. Fires are permitted only in approved campgrounds, according to a DNR news release.

The move comes a day after the National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for the eastern slopes of the Cascades, citing high winds, warm temperatures and low humidity. The warning was to have been lifted at 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the weather service’s Pendleton, Ore., office.

For additional information on DNR fire-danger conditions, go to fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/.

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