More extreme wildfire weather category added for Oregon

  • Source: KOIN-TV NBC 6 Portland
  • Published: 05/24/2024 12:00 AM

The National Weather Service recently added a more extreme wildfire warning level for the Medford and Portland forecast office zones as wildfire season approaches. The new designation is called a “particularly dangerous situation red flag warning.” National Weather Service officials told KOIN 6 News that particularly dangerous situation red flag warnings will help to warn officials of heightened danger during the worst wildfire conditions. The new wildfire warning level was previously instituted in California and copies the wording already used by the NWS for “particularly dangerous tornado watches and warnings.” If a particularly dangerous situation red flag warning alert is issued, people are asked to use the highest level of caution.


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