PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The wind shifted out of the east and picked up a substantial amount of speed. That combined with very dry conditions with low humidity made for a dangerous combination, bringing wildfire smoke throughout Oregon, prompted Portland General Electric to pre-emptively shut off power near Mount Hood and worried firefighters battling blazes throughout the state.
A High Wind Warning is now in effect through 1 p.m. Tuesday. Winds will be 15-25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph and up to 60 mph are possible on higher terrain.
The high winds are a matter of concern for Washington and Oregon. It is one of our highest threats for rapid fire spread west of the Cascades this summer. That Red Flag Warning remains in place until Wednesday evening, promoting awareness for dry and breezy conditions that are prone to rapid fire spread. Take it easy the next few days with any sort of fire. Outdoor burning is very much not recommended.
Here’s a look at some of the smoke, haze and power issues throughout Oregon on Monday and Tuesday,, September 7-8, 2020: