EUGENE, Ore. -- The danger of wildfires is high for most of the western Oregon counties through this weekend as critically dry and unstable conditions move into the area, the National Weather Service said.
The agency issued a red flag warning west of the Cascades, scheduled to last from Thursday afternoon until late Saturday night. Officials said the dry thermal trough could stick around until early next week, however conditions will likely improve Sunday.
The low humidity and dry winds would allow fire to spread rapidly along the ground, the National Weather Service said. Areas under the red flag warning will likely see conditions that "create explosive fire growth potential."
Areas already plagued by wildfire, like the Deception Creek Complex burning near Oakridge, have taken the short break in hot, dry weather to build up defensible space around some structures near the fire.
Below is a screen shot of the National Weather Service's red flag warning map