RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 8 PM PDT SATURDAY
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING ON DRY FUELS
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning…which is in effect from 2 PM to 8 PM PDT Saturday. A Fire Weather Watch has also been issued. This Fire Weather Watch is in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.
- Impacts: Abundant lightning on critically dry vegetation will likely result in numerous new fire starts. Gusty thunderstorm winds could contribute to fire spread. Despite locally heavy downpour that could be wetting, initial attack resources could be overwhelmed and holdover fires are possible.
- Affected area: – In Northern CA Fire Zone….280. – In Southwest OR Fire Zones…617…620…621…622.
- Wind: Gusty outflow winds of 30 to as high as 50 mph will be possible with stronger thunderstorm cells Saturday and again Sunday into Monday.
- Thunderstorms: On Saturday thunderstorms are expected to develop mid to late afternoon across western Siskiyou County, across the Siskiyous, and over portions of the Oregon Cascades. These thunderstorms are then likely to propagate across portions of Jackson and Josephine counties. Sunday into Monday an approaching low pressure system will bring another round of lightning to areas along and near the Cascades and east of the coastal ranges.
- Rainfall: Thunderstorms on Saturday will begin dry and then transition to a mix of wet and dry. Sunday into Monday the thunderstorms will be a mix of wet and dry, as well. Locally significant wetting rainfall will be possible with some of the thunderstorms, especially the slower moving ones.
- Avoid tossing burning cigarettes on the ground, parking hot vehicles on dry vegetation, and using equipment that can cause sparks. Follow all fire restrictions. Find links to restrictions at weather.gov/medford/wildfire. One less spark, one less wildfire. Gather your fire evacuation kit now. Collect essentials you don’t want to lose and prioritize your checklist. Familiarize yourself with your evacuation plan. Where will you go? How will you get there? Who will you call to let others know your are safe? Visit ready.gov/wildfires for more information. 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. 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. Visit ready.gov/kit for more information. Plan now to avoid using equipment that could cause sparks during the period when critical weather conditions are possible. Visit weather.gov/medford/wildfire for links to fire restrictions in your area. A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are possible during the valid watch time. These conditions could promote the rapid spread of wildfires which could become life- threatening.