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  • Likely thunderstorms lead to fire warning for today

    Alert will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today
  • A red-flag warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Southern Oregon Cascades and Klamath and Umpqua basins because of anticipated thunderstorms, parched terrain and wind.
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  • A red-flag warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Southern Oregon Cascades and Klamath and Umpqua basins because of anticipated thunderstorms, parched terrain and wind.
    The fire-weather watch, issued by the National Weather Service, also covers the Fremont-Winema National Forest and south-central Oregon desert.
    "Critical fire weather conditions are expected. Scattered thunderstorms combined with dry fuels create conditions where many fire starts are expected in a short period of time," the Weather Service advisory reads. It also warns of wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph.
    Thunderstorms on Friday brought 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 to one-tenth of an acre.
    Starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 14, restrictions at logging sites and other commercial operations will go into effect. Use of power saws will be prohibited between 1 and 8 p.m., except at loading sites. The use of cable yarders, and any blasting, welding and metal cutting also will be prohibited. And forestland commercial operators must have fire suppression equipment ready.
    Public restrictions on debris burning, campfires, power tools and smoking on ODF lands went into effect June 16.
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