'Conditions are favorable for rapid fire spread which could threaten life and property'
EUGENE, Ore. - Potentially record-setting heat combined with low humidity and breezy winds this week will create prime conditions for wildfires across Western Oregon.
"Conditions are favorable for rapid fire spread which could threaten life and property," the National Weather Service in Portland said. "Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas."
The weather service has issued a Red Flag Warning, in effect from noon Monday until 11 p.m. Thursday for portions of Western Oregon.
"A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly," the weather service said. "A combination of unstable conditions, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior."
The weather will also test crews already on the fire lines in Oregon.