Northern Oregon Cascades

 Fire Weather Warning  Statement as of 1:43 PM PDT on July 31, 2015


... Red flag warning remains in effect until 10 PM PDT Saturday
for hot... dry... unstable conditions combined with critically dry
fuels for Oregon fire weather zones 602... 603... 604... 605... 606...
607... 608... and Washington fire weather zones 602... 604 and 660...

* affected zones... in Oregon... fire weather zones 602... 603...
604... 605... 606... 607 and 608. In Washington... fire weather
zones 602... 604 and 660.

* Affected areas... this includes Gifford Pinchot National
Forest... Mt Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest...
the Willamette National Forest... portions of the Siuslaw
National Forest... the Willamette Valley and adjacent
foothills... as well as the Clark County lowlands. Odf... blm...
and Washington dnr lands are included as well.

* Timing... now through Saturday evening.

* Stability... mid and high level Haines 5 to 6 at times. Very
unstable conditions could promote column growth to 10 to 12
thousand feet msl or greater under intense burning conditions.

* Relative humidity... 10 to 20 percent in many areas. Overnight
recoveries will be poor along and above thermal belts.

* Temperatures... generally 95 to 105 over The Lowlands... and 85
to 95 in the higher elevations.

* Wind... gusty afternoon and evening winds through Saturday.
Sustained north to northwest winds 8 to 14 mph with gusts to
25 mph expected for exposed areas by Saturday afternoon.

* Impacts... the combination of an increasingly hot... dry... and
unstable environment... gusty winds... and very dry fuels may
result in rapid growth of new or existing fires.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now... or will shortly. A combination of the
above conditions can contribute to extreme fire behavior.






 Record Report  Statement as of 5:37 am PDT on August 1, 2015


... Record warmest July records set at Salem and Eugene...

In July Salem recorded its warmest month on record with an average
temperature of 73.1 degrees. The previous record was 72.5 degrees
set twice in 2014... in July and August.

Eugene set a record for the warmest July on record with an average
temperature of 71.5 degrees. The previous record for July was 71.0
degrees set in 1958.

With six days in July of 100 degrees or more... Eugene also set a
record for the most days in year with a temperature of 100 degrees
or more. The previous record was five days set in 1978.

Temperature records at Salem date back to 1893... and records at
Eugene date back to 1912.


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