Four brushfires ignite beside Hwy. 97 S. of Bend

Four small brushfires broke out within minutes of each other on the east side of Highway 97 south of Bend late Tuesday afternoon, sending police and fire crews scrambling to get them out; investigators say a motor home's failed exhaust lost hot pieces of a catalytic converter, apparently sparking the blazes.

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Fire Weather Warning:

Issued at: 8:52 am PDT on September 2, 2014, expires at: 8:00 PM PDT on September 02, 2014
  • ...Red flag warning in effect from noon today to 8 PM PDT this evening for wind and low relative humidity across fire weather zones or641 and wa641... The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a red flag warning for wind and low relative humidity...which is in effect from noon today to 8 PM PDT this evening.
  • Affected area...in orz641...fire weather zone 641 lower Columbia Basin of Oregon. In waz641...fire weather zone 641 lower Columbia Basin of Washington.
  • Timing...main wind rh threats will be between 2 PM through 6 PM...but may linger in some areas.
  • Winds...west 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
  • Relative humidity...as low as 20 percent.
  • Impacts...the combination of winds, low humidity, and critically dry fuels may result in rapid fire spread. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
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