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  • Special Weather Statement for Upper Hood River Valley County, Oregon
  • Special Weather Statement issued September 15 at 9:32AM PDT by NWS
  • Effective: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 9:32 a.m.
  • Expires: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.
  • ...SMOKE ACROSS NW OREGON AND SW WASHINGTON THROUGH THIS EVENING...
    SMOKE FROM THE 36-PIT WILDFIRE WILL IMPACT MUCH OF NORTHWEST
    OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON THROUGH TONIGHT. THE WILDFIRE IS
    APPROXIMATELY 10 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ESTACADA ALONG HIGHWAY 224.
    INCREASING SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT SHOULD
    HELP TO SCOUR SMOKE OUT OF THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY...BUT THIS WIND
    DIRECTION WILL ALSO BLOW SMOKE FROM THE WILDFIRE TOWARDS MOUNT
    HOOD AND CENTRAL COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE. AS A RESULT...AIR QUALITY
    AND VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE IN THE AREA
    BETWEEN ESTACADA AND THE CENTRAL COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE/MT HOOD
    REGION THROUGH AT LEAST MIDWEEK.
    THE SMOKE WILL LIKELY REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO 3 TO 5 MILES AT
    TIMES TODAY...BETWEEN MOLALLA...SALEM...MCMINNVILLE...HILLSBORO
    AND THE SOUTHERN PORTLAND METRO AREA. MUCH LOWER VISIBILITIES
    WILL CERTAINLY CONTINUE IN AND AROUND THE 36 PIT WILDFIRE AND
    NEARBY ESTACADA.
    THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT AIR QUALITY SHOULD REFER TO THE OREGON
    DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY WEB SITE AT
    WWW.DEQ.STATE.OR.US/AQI/INDEX.ASPX
    AND THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY WEB SITE AT
    FORTRESS.WA.GOV/ECY/ENVIWA/

  • Special Weather Statement for Upper Hood River Valley County, Oregon
  • Special Weather Statement issued September 11 at 9:58AM PDT by NWS
  • Effective: Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:58 a.m.
  • Expires: Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10 p.m.
  • ..A STRONG EARLY SEPTEMBER EAST WIND EVENT OVER SOUTHWEST
    WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY...
    AN UNUSUALLY STRONG AND WIDESPREAD EAST WIND EVENT IS UNDERWAY
    ACROSS SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON TODAY. THE
    STRONGEST WINDS WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY INTO THIS EVENING...BUTS SOME
    WIND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY.
    EAST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WILL BE COMMON OVER MUCH OF SOUTHWEST
    WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON TODAY THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY. GUSTS
    50 TO 60 MPH WILL BE LIKELY IN THE WEST END OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER
    GORGE...WITH GUSTS 35 TO 45 MPH IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE CASCADES
    AND ACROSS THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER METRO
    AREAS...AND IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF PORTLAND SUCH AS THE WEST
    HILLS AND IN EXPOSED AREAS OF THE TUALATIN VALLEY. GUSTS TO 50
    MPH ARE POSSIBLE IN THE HIGHER CASCADES...AND 45 MPH IN THE HIGHER
    ELEVATIONS OF THE COAST RANGE.
    THE COMBINATION OF VERY DRY BRUSH AND GRASS WITH THESE DRY GUSTY
    EAST WINDS WILL ELEVATE THE DANGER OF BRUSH AND ROADSIDE GRASS
    FIRES. ANY NEW FIRES WILL SPREAD RAPIDLY.
    THESE SPEEDS IN COMBINATION WITH THE FACT THAT TREES STILL HAVE A
    FULL SET OF LEAVES ON THEM COULD LEAD TO SOME TREE DAMAGE...
    RESULTING IN PROPERTY DAMAGE AS WELL AS POWER DISRUPTIONS...AND
    EVEN POSSIBLY BRING DOWN A FEW POWER LINES. DO NOT APPROACH ANY
    DOWNED POWER LINE. CALL YOUR LOCAL UTILITY OR CALL 911.
    GUSTY WINDS WILL LIKELY ALSO CAUSE SOME PROBLEMS WITH HIGHER
    PROFILE VEHICLES...SUCH AS TRACTOR TRAILER RIGS AND THOSE PULLING
    TRAILERS.