As evidenced by Friday’s five-acre fire off of Ocean Beach Highway near Bergly Lane, fire danger is at critical levels in the local area and throughout the region. The Weather Service is continuing a Red Flag Warning for much of southwest Washington and most of western Oregon, with low relative humidity, critically dry fuels, and the possibility of dry thunderstorms later in the day. Some gusty winds are also possible in the Cascade foothills. Forecasters say that you need to be extremely careful with any sort of heat sources, and fires will start easily and will spread with extreme speed.
The Weather Service also says that we could see smoke from the 36-Pit wildfire that is currently burning near Estacada. This fire started over the weekend, possibly started by some target-shooters. East-to-southeast low-level winds could carry smoke from that fire over the northern portion of Oregon, and possibly could carry into this area. They say that this smoke could reduce visibility, and could also cause some air quality problems.