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Favorable Fire Weather Conditions

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

The fire weather watch over the area from yesterday has been upgraded now to a red flag warning. This means that conditions will be favorable for fire weather and that if any fire were to start, it would spread rapidly. Humidities will be between 20%-30% (very low) and with increasing winds into this evening, the red flag warning will go into place tonight at 10 o’clock for most of the area. This includes the Southern Oregon Cascades, the Siskiyous, the West Side, the Coast, Douglas County, Siskiyou County & Del Norte County.

A Red Flag Warning is already in place for the South Central Coast. This is Southern Coos County, Northern Curry and also Eastern Curry County. This warning will stay in place here through noon, and also through noon for all other areas mentioned above. Winds will be out of the East between 10-20 mph into late this afternoon & this evening. Wind gusts will be up to 30-35mph in the high terrain.

Because temperatures have been running cooler in the mornings due to the clouds & fog, the biggest risk will be in the higher elevations and at the Coast for this Thursday evening/Friday time frame. Dry conditions will continue through the weekend but it looks like one storm system may be bringing light showers to the region late Monday and Tuesday. With the dry air at the surface though, it is likely a lot of the rain that falls will evaporate before reaching the ground.

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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