Fire, Washington County, Weather

Friday ‘Red Flag Warning’ issued for NW Oregon

The area under a red flag warning. Map courtesy of NWS.

April's unseasonably warm weather has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning beginning Friday at 11 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. the same day for much of northwest Oregon and beyond.

A red flag warning means, according to the National Weather Service, that “critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly.”

In this case, the combination of low relative humidity and windy conditions has the weather agency warning of the potential for extreme fire behavior.

Outdoor burning was banned until further notice on Wednesday at 12 p.m., and fire officials from the local and state level . . .

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