IDAHO — As temperatures near 100 degrees this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Weather Service in Boise is upgrading their fire watch warning to a red-flag warning.
The red-flag warning starts Wednesday at 12 p.m. and is in effect until Thursday evening.
The upgrade comes as NOAA is predicting lightning activity, dry conditions and gusty winds up to 50 m.p.h. Wednesday and Thursday afternoon in South Western Idaho and South Eastern Oregon.
“Unfortunately, we have had three weeks now without any precipitation, so all that grass that was growing in June is dried out and ready to burn and now we are going to have some lightning that is probably going to start some fires,” said NOAA Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Jay Beidenbach.
The lightning is expected to start in the Owyhee Mountains and head towards the Boise Foothills later in the afternoon.
As more details become available we will keep you updated on any fire information you need to know.