Red Flag Warning Issued For Portland Metro Area Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for wind and low relative humidity specifically the Willamette Valley. The warning is in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 7 PM PDT Tuesday evening.

The affected area is the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Photo: NWS Portland

The expected conditions are as follows:

  • Winds: North at 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
  • Relative humidity: As low as 19 percent.

The potential impacts include:

  • Rapid fire spread that may endanger life and property.
  • Extra caution is advised with potential ignition sources, particularly in grassy areas.
  • Outdoor burning is not recommended.

A Red Flag Warning indicates that critical fire weather conditions are either currently occurring or expected shortly. The combination of the above conditions can contribute to extreme fire behavior.