A fire weather watch has been issued for the region due to expected dry conditions over the weekend.
Moderate winds from 15-25 mph are expected to pick up following a cold front expected to approach the Inland Northwest on Sunday afternoon.
The mix of dry weather and wind in the area could unleash dust storms especially in the Columbia Basin.
According to the National Weather Service, humidity is expected to be below 20 percent - causing extreme fire behavior. If a brush fire develops in the area, it could spread quickly.
Meteorologists also expect the wind to increase on Monday reaching 25-30 mph. Isolated dry lightning is also a possibility for the area.