By Ben Olson
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the region due to increased winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures. The U.S. Forest Service also advices that high winds and lightning could increase the risk of wildfire starts.
More than 100 lightning strikes were recorded in the Coeur d’Alene dispatch area in the last 24 hours.
With high temperatures, Labor Day weekend and hunting season, the USFS advises people to use caution in the woods: “There is still no moisture in the forecast and fire resources are limited as the wildfire season continues,” the USFS wrote in a statement.
Stage 2 fire restrictions are still in effect across the Idaho Panhandle.
While we have you ...
... if you appreciate that access to the news, opinion, humor, entertainment and cultural reporting in the Sandpoint Reader is freely available in our print newspaper as well as here on our website, we have a favor to ask. The Reader is locally owned and free of the large corporate, big-money influence that affects so much of the media today. We're supported entirely by our valued advertisers and readers. We're committed to continued free access to our paper and our website here with NO PAYWALL - period. But of course, it does cost money to produce the Reader. If you're a reader who appreciates the value of an independent, local news source, we hope you'll consider a voluntary contribution. You can help support the Reader for as little as $1.
You can contribute at either Paypal or Patreon.Contribute at Patreon Contribute at Paypal