A fire weather watch will be in effect from late Sunday morning until around sunset for the Southern Oregon Cascades and Klamath and Umpqua basins because of anticipated thunderstorms, parched terrain and wind.
The watch, issued by the National Weather Service, will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Also included in the watch are the Fremont-Winema National Forest and south-central Oregon desert.
"Significant lightning coverage is possible Sunday afternoon into the evening," the weather service advisory reads. "Numerous new fire ignitions may occur due to critically dry fuels. Gusty outflow winds of 40 to 50 mph may also enhance fire spread."
Thunderstorms on Friday yielded about 30 lightning strikes in Jackson County, with most occurring between 7 and 8 a.m. One lightning-sparked fire started in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, but crews contained it at one-tenth of an acre. ODF crews also responded to reports of three small fires in the Sterling Creek area in the Applegate.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 14, restrictions at logging sites and other commercial operations will go into effect because of the ongoing dry weather. Use of power saws will be prohibited between 1 and 8 p.m., except at loading sites. The use of cable yarders, blasting, welding and metal cutting also will be prohibited. Forestland commercial operators will be required to have fire suppression equipment ready.
Public restrictions on debris burning, campfires, power tools and smoking on ODF lands went into effect June 16.
— Ryan Pfeil