200-acre Culver-area brushfire destroys at least 3 homes

A wind-fueled brushfire exploded near Lake Billy Chinook in Cove Palisades State Park Saturday morning and raced east across at least 200 acres into the Culver area, burning at least three homes as residents were evacuated and crews battled on the ground and from the air to stop the flames.

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Local Alert Weather Forecast, Sat. Aug. 29, 2015

AN AIR QUALITY WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

FIRE WEATHER WARNING IN EFFECT SAT 7AM TO SAT 7PM

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM SAT 5AM TO SAT 6PM

We are saturated with warnings across Central Oregon this weekend. The wind gusts will be picking up dramatically across the High Desert within the next 48 hours. This has also prompted a fire weather warning, along with our air quality warning that is still with us. 

A low pressure cyclone has moved into our area and forced us to cool down and see a lot of moisture heading our way. Most of the rain will hit us tomorrow because a lot of moisture is being trapped west of the Cascades. Another result of this cyclone is cooler air pushing into our region and dropping our temperatures dramatically. This temperature drop will increase our wind speeds to extreme levels.

Today’s temperatures will only reach the lower 70s across the High Desert. Wind speeds will pick up dramatically as well.

Our wind forecast shows gusts reaching 45 miles per hour as early as noon, and remaining above 40 for most of the day. Base wind speeds will get all the way up to the lower 30s, and that’s without gusts. It is going to be a very windy day.

The extended forecast shows showers and cooler temperatures in our future. Strong winds will stay with us into Sunday. Next week we will only stay dry on Monday and Tuesday.

-Russell  

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