Firefighters Looking For Smokes

Jul 30, 2014

Lightning strikes near Ashland Tuesday evening. Note the very few raindrops under a partly sunny sky.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Nature continues to provide a one-two punch to the region: hot, dry weather AND thunderstorms.

Oregon Department of Forestry reports seven new fires across the Medford district from Tuesday's storms.  None are big, but more may develop.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning covering the Rogue Valley, South Cascades, Siskiyous, the Klamath Basin and Siskiyou County.  It remains in effect until 11 PM Wednesday (July 30).

Red Flag Warnings mean conditions are ripe for the rapid spread of wildfires: high heat, brisk winds, low humidity.

The Red Flag Warning prompted ODF to roll back the containment estimate on the Reeves Creek Fire near Selma, from 90% to 50%.   Evacuation advisories for some residents remain in effect.

The weather pattern--hot days with afternoon storms--could continue for several more days.