Thunderstorms could bring lightning’s spark to dry tinder across Douglas County and southwestern Oregon Friday evening and Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Medford issued a red flag warning for increased fire risk.

“We’re pretty confident that Friday we’re going to see thunderstorms. Some of those could even be severe in nature. But it’s going to be mostly scattered,” said meteorologist Miles Bliss.

Bliss said he doesn’t expect the lightning to be quite as intense as it was this time last year. The storm system will arrive from the south Friday and could begin with lightning and a little rain. Rain is more likely on Saturday, Bliss said.

West to southwest winds are expected to reach 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Friday’s concert by the rock band Thrice is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Douglas County Fair.

The weather service has set up contact with the county so it can alert the Douglas County Fairgrounds ahead of the storm, Bliss said.

The red flag warning is in effect from 11 a.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday. The storm is expected to diminish Saturday morning and move east Saturday evening.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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This is two days old, why is it front page news on Sunday

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