This watch has been replaced with a Red Flag Warning.
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING FOR STRONG GUSTY WIND AND LOW RH ALONG WITH POOR RECOVERIES AND EAST WINDS FOR PORTIONS OF FIRE WEATHER ZONES 616, 617, 621, AND 622.
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Fire Weather Watch, which is in effect from late Thursday night through Saturday morning.
- IMPACTS: Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
- AFFECTED AREA: The Southern Oregon Cascade and Siskiyou Crests and associated foothills, along with the Umpqua Divide. This does include the Windigo fire. Eastern portions of fire weather zones 616, 621, and 622, with most of fire weather zone 623.
- WIND: East 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
- HUMIDITY: Daytime Humidities 8 to 14 percent. Night time recoveries 19 to 24 percent.
- ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The hazard area will start off confined to the Cascades and grow through the day on Friday spreading into the Foothills on Friday night when the poorest recoveries are expected. On Saturday, hot, dry, and unstable conditions are possible, which may prompt additional fire weather headlines for the Windigo Fire.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… 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. Plan now to avoid using equipment that could cause sparks during the period when critical weather conditions are possible.
- 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.