May 15, 2021

Dangerous fire conditions here this weekend

Lane County temporary banned outdoor burning due to the fire danger this weekend.

Lane County temporary banned outdoor burning due to the fire danger this weekend.

With warm, dry, and breezy conditions Friday and possibly Saturday, there will be an increased risk of fire spread. A temporary outdoor burning ban in Lane County has been issued starting Thursday, April 15, 2021.

The National Weather Service issued Red Flag Warnings throughout Oregon. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Click here to see updates for our area.

Here is the full text of the Special Weather Statement as of 1:25 PM Thursday, titled “UNSEASONABLE HIGH FIRE DANGER THROUGH THIS WEEKEND”:

“A period of prolonged offshore flow combined with slowly warming temperatures will lead to unseasonably dry conditions this week. In addition to the dry weather, north to northeast winds will increase slightly this afternoon before diminishing this evening. Even breezier conditions are expected on Friday as offshore flow strengthens.

“Temperatures will also climb through Friday with highs topping out in the mid to upper 70s for the interior lowlands. Highs in the 80s are expected this weekend, although it should be less breezy.

“Relative humidity values are expected to bottom out somewhere between 20% to 30% today and may fall into the teens Friday and Saturday. The warm, dry, and windy conditions will further dry out vegetation that is already near record dryness for this time of year.

“The combination of all of these factors will elevate the risk of fire spread through this week, especially on Friday and Saturday. Extra caution is advised with fire, at least through the upcoming weekend. Be sure to check with your local fire district before burning, as there may be restrictions in place.”

Eugene residents are encouraged to check for notices and alerts in their media of choice during the Red Flag Warning. This may be a good time to start planning your evacuation “Go Bag.” For more information, see your local Eugene neighborhood association’s disaster preparedness committee.

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