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Gusty winds plus low humidity on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7, could repeat the conditions of the 2020 wildfires.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for wildfire danger in the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley for Saturday, Aug. 6.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions either are occurring now or will shortly. A breezy offshore air flow and low relative humidity are predicted for Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, Aug. 7.

The Weather Service urges residents to use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

The air flow will bring hot and very dry air into the region. North-northeast winds will increase Saturday afternoon, turning more easterly at night and Sunday. A thermal low pressure will build over the Willamette Valley and the Cascades.

The conditions can contribute to extreme fire conditions, similar to the 2020 wildfires that threatened or burned much of Western Oregon.

The Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Winds are expected to hold steady at 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts up to 25 mph.


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