We didn’t have much of a summer here in Brookings, the Fourth of July being one possible exception.
But elsewhere in the state, the summer has been hot and dry. Even here, the little creeks have dried up, and the low water levels in the Chetco and Smith rivers are very noticeable.
A Chetco Effect wind whistled down the river all night Monday and, as we write this, Tuesday’s high in downtown Brookings is coming down off 87 degrees. The forecasts for the rest of the week are not quite so hot, but they are for more dry, clear weather.
And as a result of all this – despite our summer of fog, low temperatures and a little drizzle last week – the danger of wildfire is very, very high this week.
As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a special “red flag warning” for the dry conditions all along the southern Oregon Coast, and a “fire weather watch” for areas of Northern California.
So if you’re tempted out on one last camping adventure, or a pre-season deer hunting trip, please be careful, and be prepared.
A wildfire can come from almost anything hot. It only takes one stray match, one hot muffler, one ember from a campfire, one spark from a chain saw hitting a rock.
Don’t be fooled by the morning dew, the early sunsets or any passing rain shower. The fire conditions are dangerous. They will remain this way until we get a good fall rain.