The National Weather Service has now upgraded its Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning. Starting tonight and continuing into midday Friday, forecasters are calling for strong, dry east/northeast winds throughout the Rogue Basin, the Siskiyou Mountains and the west side of the Cascade Range in southwest Oregon. Gusts could peak at 35 mph.
The Rogue Basin is very dry and residents are advised to hold off on ditch burning, pile burning, barrel burning and any other use of fire in wildland areas until this weather pattern changes. Low-elevation fields with blackberry bushes, buck brush, and standing weeds are particularly vulnerable during times like this.
Be careful out there.