Originally posted at 11:45 a.m. MT, September 23, 2012
The Red Flag Warning for dry lightning in Washington and Oregon for this weekend has been cancelled. As far as we know there have been no lightning strikes in the two states over the last 24 hours, but there have been a few reports of light, scattered rain showers. The National Weather Service first said the lightning, some of it without rain, would begin Friday night, then revised the forecast saying it would occur Saturday and Sunday. Today, Sunday, at 8:43 a.m. local time, they cancelled the Red Flag Warning which had covered central and northeast Oregon as well as south central and southeast Washington.
The weather system that moved through the area on Saturday did have some strong winds which created a few problems on the Pole Creek Fire near Sisters, Oregon causing the fire to spot over the line on the west side of Trout Creek Butte. A Surge Task Force consisting of two Hotshot Crews and one other crew helped contain the spot fires. A small amount of rain fell on the fire yesterday but the fuels may dry out again on Sunday with the winds that are predicted. The fire grew by about 300 acres on Saturday, and now stands at 25,886 acres. The incident management team is calling it 55 percent contained.
And speaking of the Pole Creek Fire, the IMTeam has posted some excellent photos on their InciWeb page. Here are a few examples:
More photos are below: