Fire danger in this corner of the state has lowered enough that the Oregon Department of Forestry plans to reduce the fire danger level for public use restrictions to moderate (blue) Tuesday morning in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association (NWOFPA) region.
The federal agency issued a fire weather watch and an excessive heat warning Thursday afternoon for much of western Oregon.
A spate of hot weather looms in the forecast: At least five days of mid-to-upper 90s, with the possibility of triple digits starting Sunday in the Willamette Valley. Prepare now.
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning—the second such warning in four days—for much of the Willamette Valley beginning Tuesday at 2 p.m.
“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly,” the National Weather Service said.
“Conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread which may threaten life and property,” the NWS said. “Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended.”
As families prepare to celebrate Independence Day with the traditional lighting of explosives, fire and weather agencies are warning of other explosive conditions: The potential for wildfires to ignite and spread fast Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Oregon Department of Forestry said fire danger would be raised to “Moderate” (blue) in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association (NWOFPA) region Thursday morning.
The local office of the Oregon Department of Forestry urged landowners to reconsider lighting burn piles as hot weather and east winds hit the region.
With mid-90s temperatures in the forecast, area officials are gearing up for a spell of dangerously hot weather that will elevate wildfire risk this weekend.