Lightning

USFS press releaseFirefighters are responding to several dozen small fires across the Willamette National Forest. Thunderstorms that occurred over the past two days produced over 2,000 lightning strikes.

Overall weather, smoke, and fire situation throughout Oregon.  The upper low that has provided lightning and some moisture over the state since Tuesday night will continue to provide showers and thundershowers today and through the weekend.  Moisture from these events should be the most prevalent and widespread over the state today and tomorrow.  The greatest amounts will be over the mountainous areas of the Cascades and eastern Oregon with lightest amounts in the western valleys and coast.  Nevertheless, fire activity should be suppressed over the weekend from the moist

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center’s Predictive Services unit is keeping a close eye on the rapid weather developments across our landscape. The predicted high risk days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday when all extreme fire indicators will line up, causing forecasters to predict lightning activity and resulting fires.
“Hot and dry weather and extremely dry fuels provide the perfect combination for wildfire when paired with lightning that is expected later in the week,” says Katie Lighthall, Program Director for Project Wildfire.

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