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National Weather Service says high winds, low humidity perfect combination to raise fire risk in parts of Oregon

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning to take effect from midnight Thursday, Sept. 8 through 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

According to a statement from the agency, moderate to strong winds coupled with low humidity are predicted to cause critically dry conditions and a higher risk for fire in the Oregon Cascades. The expected impacted areas include the North Oregon Cascade Foothills, the Central Oregon Cascade Foothills, the Mt. Hood National Forest West of Cascade Crest and the Willamette National Forest.

Easterly winds are anticipated to blow between 15 to 25 mph with possible gusts at 45 mph, and humidity could get as low as 15%.

"Conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread, which may threaten life and property," weather service officials said. "Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended."

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