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Last Updated: 5:00 PM

Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Central and Eastern Lake County; Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County

NWS Medford (Southwest Oregon and Northern California)


* WHAT...Southwest winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.

* WHERE...In California, Modoc County, including highways 299, 395, the cities of Alturas, Canby and Willow Creek. In Oregon, Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County and Central and Eastern Lake County. This includes the cities of Lakeview, Valley Falls, and portions of highways 140 east of Bly, 395 and highway 31 between Summer Lake and Lakeview.

* WHEN...From noon to 11 PM PDT Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Gusty winds could also lead to enhanced fire behavior on existing fires.

* View the hazard area in detail at

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Air Quality Alert

Areas Affected: Douglas; Lake

NWS Medford (Southwest Oregon and Northern California)

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT FRIDAY... Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Advisory for eastern Douglas and southern Lake counties, which is in effect until Friday afternoon. Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality levels to fluctuate and could be at unhealthy levels.

* WHAT...Reduced air quality due to smoke from numerous wildfires around the area.

* WHERE...Eastern Douglas County, including areas near the Rough Patch and Devil`s Knob fire complexes. Also southern Lake county due to wildfires in Oregon and northern California.

* WHEN...Until Friday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs, and can worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk to adverse health effects include infants, young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant women.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, DEQs Air Quality Index, or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone. Things you can do to protect yourself and your family when smoke levels are high:

* Stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed.

* Avoid strenuous outdoor activity.

* Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifiers.

* Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels.

* If you have heart or lung disease or asthma, follow your health care providers advice. For additional information...please visit the web site at

Flash Flood Watch

Areas Affected: North Central and Southeast Siskiyou County

NWS Medford (Southwest Oregon and Northern California)


* Flash Flood Watch for a portion of northern California, including the following area, North Central and Southeast Siskiyou County.

* From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

* A strong, wet frontal system will produce periods of moderate to heavy rain across the area, including over the Whitney Glacier and Whitney Creek which has already produced debris flows this year.

* Debris flows and rock falls could create problems for cars along highway 97 east of Lake Shastina and West of Tennant. This will include the Lava Burn Scar.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Fire Weather Watch

Areas Affected: South Central Oregon Desert including the BLM Land in Eastern Lake and Western Harney Counties

NWS Medford (Southwest Oregon and Northern California)

...LOW RH AND GUSTY WINDS AHEAD OF FRONTAL PASSAGE... .A significant weather change is expected this weekend with the arrival of a deep trough that is likely to produce strong south to southwest winds east of the Cascades. A slow progression of the front means that RHs will will remain critical through the afternoon before rising in the evening. Winds will pick up ahead of the front in the late morning and remain gusty, especially in the higher terrain, through Friday night. ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS WITH LOW RH FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 625...

* Impacts: Gusty wind with low relative humidity and critically dry vegetation will greatly increase the spread potential of any new and existing fires.

* Affected area: In South Central OR...Southeast Fire Weather Zone 625, including the Warner and Hart Mountains and portions of the Fremont Winema National Forest.

* Wind: Southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts from 35 to 45 mph.

* Humidity: As low as 11 percent.

* View the hazard area in detail at: Precautionary/preparedness actions... Plan now to avoid using equipment that could cause sparks during the period when critical weather conditions are possible. Visit 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. Check for forecast updates and a possible upgrade of the this watch to a Red Flag Warning.