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Critical Fire WX Conditions Over Area

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

The red flag warning over the area will remain in place through lunchtime. Winds are breezy not only in the higher elevations, but in the valleys as well. Humidities are in the 20’s and 30’s — indicating very dry air from the Southern Oregon Cascades to the Coast, also over Siskiyou County. The downsloping easterly winds are keeping temperatures very mild across the West Side. Morning lows have not dipped below the upper 40’s & 50’s in many locations (Medford, Grants Pass, Ashland).

ODF has confirmeda 125 acre fire 16 miles NE of Shady Cove and 15 miles up Elk Creek Road. This fire is being called the “Adler Creek Fire” & was discovered Thursday afternoon around 2. As of 9 o’clock Friday morning, there is one bulldozer on scene, two water tenders and two 20 person crews. ODF says crews are making good progress and establishing the line. Updated details on this fire can be found on KDRV’s homepage.

Winds should gradually die down into the afternoon & evening. Until then, any fire that were to start would spread very quickly with the current conditions. Into the weekend, some fog should return to West Side Valleys in the morning, but will be quick to lift. Skies will be mostly sunny into the afternoons across all areas with warm/mild temperatures continuing.

The dry weather may transition to more active weather next week. The past two computer runs have shown some active weather Monday through Thursday of next week. Snow levels will be high, so it will be mainly in the form of rain …but at this point, we’ll take anything we can get! More details to come through the next few days with this potential weather change.

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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