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  • Weather Service calls for lightning, scattered showers on Tuesday

  • Parts of the Rogue Valley and Siskiyou Mountains could see numerous lightning strikes and some rain Tuesday.
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  • Parts of the Rogue Valley and Siskiyou Mountains could see numerous lightning strikes and some rain Tuesday.
    The National Weather Service reported a fire weather watch is in effect starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The advisory will be in effect until 11 p.m. that day.
    A message from the Weather Service calls for "abundant" lightning with possible fire starts in the affected area, specifically eastern portions of the Rogue Valley and over the Siskiyous. Winds of up to 30 mph are also possible during the timeframe.
    Officials said a low pressure front moving over the Pacific Northwest will combine with monsoonal moisture from the south, creating the conditions.
    "Scattered thunderstorms combined with existing very dry fuels will result in many fire starts in a short period of time," the Weather Service message reads. "Significant rainfall is expected with some of the thunderstorms, but fire spread is likely in areas that do not receive wetting rain and as drying occurs in the days that follow."
    The watch could later be upgraded to a more severe red-flag warning.
    Last week, the Oregon Department of Forestry upgraded the fire danger in Jackson and Josephine counties to "extreme." That means all power equipment use — such as chainsaws — is restricted on the 1.8 million acres of state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management land in southwest Oregon. Public restrictions on debris burning, campfires, power tools and smoking on ODF lands, instituted June 16, also remain in effect.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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