8/12 Metro Red Flag Warning.

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 11 PM FRIDAY

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning…which is in effect from 2 PM to 11 PM Friday.

* Impacts: Lightning and high fire danger will likely result in new fire starts. Gusty thunderstorm winds could contribute to fire spread. Despite rainfall, initial attack resources could be overwhelmed and holdover fires are possible.

* Area: In Southwest OR…Fire Weather Zones 622 and eastern through southeast Fire Weather Zone 620, including the cities of Medford, Ashland, Central Point, and Eagle Point.

* Wind: Northwest 5 to 10 mph, except for gusty and erratic winds near thunderstorms reaching up to 40 mph.

* Thunderstorms: Mainly isolated thunderstorms are expected, but some scattered coverage is possible, especially Friday afternoon into Friday evening. Gusty and erratic winds are possible near thunderstorms.

* Humidity: As low as 18 percent.

If you have not packed your evacuation kit yet, now is the time to do so. This includes items like important documents and essentials you cannot live without. Fill your vehicle`s fuel tank.

A Red Flag Warning does not mean there is a fire. It means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. These conditions promote rapid spread of fire which may become life threatening. Evacuate if ordered to, or if a fire threatens.

Red Flag Warning