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Fire weather watch in effect through Thursday

The National Weather Service is warning people in Southern Oregon about the possibility of isolated thunderstorms with little to no rainfall Thursday.

A fire weather watch will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, according to a weather service bulletin posted Wednesday morning. The coverage area includes all of Jackson and Josephine counties, most of Douglas County and a sliver of Klamath County.

Much of Southern Oregon is under a red flag warning, including most of Klamath and Lake counties, and a segment of Northern California that includes Canby and Alturas in Modoc County.

“Isolated thunderstorms are expected Wednesday night with little to no rainfall. Thunderstorms are then expected to become more frequent and increase in coverage Thursday, with the peak of thunderstorms late Thursday morning into Thursday evening,” the bulletin said. “There is also a better chance for wetting rain Thursday, but lightning can occur outside of the rain core of thunderstorms, so the risk of new fire starts is still high.”

The Cascade Range has the best chance of seeing lightning Thursday, weather officials said. Strikes are possible in the Rogue Basin, too.

“A little bit more energy with this one is just the best way to describe it,” Petrucelli said, referring to a storm last week that blew over without any reported lightning strikes in Jackson County.

“The potential is still there. We’re still fine tuning some of the details, waiting for some more data to come in.”

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.

A lightning bolt touches down in southwest Oregon in 2018. The National Weather Service in Medford is keeping its eye on an incoming storm that could start new fires in the region.{ }