The NWS Medford says that conditions will be favorable for isolated to scattered thunderstorm development Friday afternoon. This has resulted in a Red Flag warning being issued for our area.
…Scattered thunderstorms on unseasonably dry fuels Friday afternoon and evening… .A low pressure system will bring scattered thunderstorms to the areas east of the Cascades and over northern California Friday afternoon and evening. The combination of abundant lightning and fuel conditions that are two to three weeks ahead of normal dryness will make for increased threat of new fire starts.
Central Siskiyou County Including Shasta Valley-Shasta-
Trinity National Forest in Siskiyou County-
Siskiyou County from the Cascade Mountains East and South to Mt
Shasta-Modoc County Except for the Surprise Valley-
Klamath Basin and the Fremont-Winema National Forest-
222 PM PDT Thu May 13 2021
…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 11 PM PDT FRIDAY FOR
ABUNDANT LIGHTNING ON DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 281…282…
284…285 AND 624…
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag
Warning…which is in effect from 2 PM to 11 PM PDT Friday.
* Impacts: Lightning and moderate to high fire danger will likely
result in new fire starts. Gusty thunderstorm winds could
contribute to fire spread. Despite rainfall, initial attack
resources could be overwhelmed and holdover fires are possible.
* Affected area:
In Northern CA Fire Zones…281…282…284…285 which includes
most of central and eastern Siskiyou County and the northwest
portion of Modoc County.
In South Central OR Fire Zone….624 which includes the majority
of Klamath County and the western fringes of Lake County.
* Wind: Northwest 5 to 10 mph except erratic wind gusts to 40 mph
near any thunderstorms.
* Thunderstorms: Isolated to scattered.
* Rainfall: Storms will produce some rainfall, but wetting rains
are not expected.
* View the hazard area in detail at:
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are
either occurring now, or will shortly. Scattered thunderstorms
combined with dry fuels create conditions where many fire starts
may occur in a short period of time.