August 10, 2014 1:22 p.m. PDT
Thunderstorms expected today in the area of the Oregon Gulch Fire pose a significant threat to safety. Dry lightning is predicted for today, creating a high potential for new fire starts in the area. Fire managers directed crews today to stay vigilant on the primary mission of full containment of the Oregon Gulch Fire, while at the same time keeping an eye on the big picture and being ready to respond to any new fires which may start nearby. Lightning safety plans are in place for fire crews on the line as well as personnel stationed at the Incident Command Post. Good progress has been made on the mop up process and the fire perimeter is more secure each day. Crews will be using thermal imaging equipment today to identify and extinguish hot spots within 500 feet of the edge of the fire. Unstable weather, thunderstorms and fuel conditions create the potential for extreme fire behavior. Weather and Fire Behavior: The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning starting at 11:00 am today, extending to 11:00 pm Tuesday. Thunderstorms are expected to arrive in the fire area this afternoon bringing with them abundant dry lightning. Any new fire starts may grow rapidly due to the dry fuel conditions. There is a good potential for extreme fire behavior given the fire weather conditions. Temperatures should be between 87 and 92 degrees with relative humidity between 13 and 18%.