Thunderstorms Could Trigger More Fires This Week

Aug 3, 2017

High temperatures, dry conditions and possible lightning storms are setting the stage for a potential spike in wildfire activity in parts of southern Oregon and northern California this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of the Oregon side of the Klamath-Siskiyou region is under a Red Flag Warning until 10 p.m. Monday (UPDATE: The Red Flag Warning has been extended till 10 p.m. on Tuesday). In California, the Red Flag Warning extends until 10 p.m. on Tuesday. A Red Flag Warning means that a combination of dry, hot weather and thunderstorms creates a risk of extreme wildfire.

Forecasters say there's a 20 to 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the region into Thursday. Much of the area is under a Fire Weather Watch on Wednesday. That's one level below a Red Flag Warning, but indicates the fire danger is still high. 

Fire officials urge residents to use extreme caution with any activity that could produce sparks or flame.