The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday and covers much of the northwest corner of the state, including all of Lane, Linn, and Benton counties. The strong northeast winds and low humidity levels that are expected Wednesday are making for very dry fuels and the potential for rapid fire growth.
The Bureau of Land Management canceled several prescribed burns planned near Fern Ridge Reservoir because of the warning. Burning restrictions are also in affect for the Willamette National Forest.
As for one of the big wildfires still burning in Oregon, the Pole Creek Fire, crews say they’re making progress.
They completed two miles of fire lines on Tuesday. About 400 personnel are working the fire which is holding at just more than 26,000 acres.