CORONAVIRUS, Fire, ODF

Fire officials warn of increased wildfire danger this weekend

A recent wildfire in the Tillamook Forest. photo: ODF

OREGON - With temperatures expected to be in the low 80’s and high 70’s for much of the state this weekend, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is warning that conditions in April and May have been unusually dry and could pose increased fire danger.  

That forecast, courtesy of the Portland branch of the National Weather Service, also shows that wind could gust in the Tualatin Valley as high as 21 mph on Friday. 

“This is definitely anything but normal,” said Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. “On top of concerns related to COVID-19, we’re witnessing early July-like conditions that bring with it the threat of wildfires. And that is even more evident with this weekend’s forecast of abnormally high temperatures . . .

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