The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning in response to the chance of abundant lightning across the parched region.

The warning will be in effect 2 to 11 p.m. today. It covers the Umpqua National Forest, Siskiyou Mountains, eastern Rogue Valley, southern Cascades and Klamath Basin.

"Scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon through this evening, diminishing in coverage late tonight then likely expanding in coverage on Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening," a Weather Service message says.

Weather officials say those storms, combined with dry terrain, could result in multiple lightning-sparked fires over a short period of time. Significant winds with gusts of up to 40 mph are also possible.

"Significant rainfall is expected with some of the thunderstorms, but fire spread is likely in areas that do not receive wetting rain," the warning reads.

A fire weather watch will be in effect Wednesday afternoon and evening for all of the same areas.

--Ryan Pfeil