Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Friday, June 26, 2015

Fire weather update - Friday afternoon, June 26, 2015

The previous weather forecast remains on track for this weekend, with most areas of the state approaching or exceeding 100 degrees Saturday. In addition, Red Flag Warnings are out for dry thunderstorms over much of south-central and southwestern Oregon, and parts of northwestern Oregon late today and tonight. Thunderstorms likely will be even more widespread Saturday afternoon and evening.

Thunderstorms are expected to continue into Sunday and spread over eastern Oregon. These storms are likely to produce more rain Sunday and may provide minor wildfire hazard relief. Cloud cover and an approaching upper level trough will lower temperatures somewhat into the low- to mid-90s on the west side of the Cascades. Most areas east of the Cascades will remain near 100 degrees.

On Monday, an upper level ridge should flatten some, with thunderstorms diminishing and confined to east of the Cascades. Thunderstorms are now forecast to diminish later next week as the upper level ridge flattens and keeps upper level winds more westerly than southerly. However, temperatures will remain hot through next week - in the 90 to 100 degree range.

See links below for the latest fire weather watches and warnings:

Regional Watches and Warnings map -   http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/

National Weather Service Fire Weather Home Pages:

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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