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As Southern Oregon wildfires grow, new lightning storms expected on Sunday

As Southern Oregon wildfires grow, new lightning storms expected on Sunday

Zach Urness and Connor Radnovich, Salem Statesman Journal

The South Umpqua Complex continued to grow Saturday.

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The wildfires burning across Southern Oregon had already brought major problemsto fire teams and local residents during the past week.

Now, theyll face another challenge:lightning storms expected to hit the area Sunday.

A red flag warning was issued by the National Weather Service due to scattered thunderstorms likely this afternoon and evening.

The lightning strikes appear most likely along the Oregon and California border, and into Northern California.

That could be bad news for the Hendrix and Natchez fires , burning near Ashland.

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Lightning and high fire danger will likely result in new fire starts, the National Weather Service warning said. Gusty thunderstorm winds could contribute to fire spread. Despite rainfall, initial attack resources could be overwhelmed and holdover fires are possible.

Ironically, weather conditions are expected to improve around the Taylor Creek and Garner Complex fires to the north. Those fireshave brought the greatest danger to towns such as Wimer and Grants Pass,meteorologists said.

It might get worse in some locations, but here on the Garner Complex and for the fires more northerlyin Oregon, the winds actually got better and calmed down last night, NWS meteorologist Tom Wright said. Conditions are still very hot, but were not going to have the critical fire conditions weve been seeing, at least in our area.

Even though it might be slightly good news for the most critical of Southern Oregons fires, any new fires in the region willstretch resources thin, Wright said.

The concern is that if theres new fires, some of our resources will have to go out on initial attack, he said. Were already pretty stretched.

There are currentlyeight major wildfires or multi-fire complexes, and five regions with evacuation warnings in place.

Air quality in the region has ranged from moderate to unhealthy.This map is the best way to track air quality.

Heres a breakdown of the situation on each of the fires. The best map for tracking thefires and evacuations can be found here.

The most active and dangerous fire of the past few days has been the Taylor Creek Fire, burning west of Grants Pass and Merlin.

The fire continued to grow Saturday, reaching almost 3,000 acres and bringing a fresh round of evacuations in the populated areas nearMerlin area.

Its definitely spreading, said Tina Young, public information officer for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Its a tough one to get at directly, so weve been working contingency lines around the fire to hold it in place, while we have almost 30 aircraft assigned doing drops from above.

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Young said the fire spread to the south Saturday, toward the Limpy Creek and Shan Creek areas.

The good news is that conditions are expected to become less windy, officials said.

For a full breakdown on evacuations, see thiswebsiteor call .

The Taylor Creek Fire is now being managed as part of the Garner Creek Complex, even though its in a different location.

The largest and most problematic complex of wildfires in Southern Oregon is centered around Wimer, north of Rogue River and Interstate 5.

One day after an emergency declaration from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown allowed the State Fire Marshal to add resources to firefighting efforts, the fire continued to grow.

Multiple evacuations surround the Garner Complex, impacting more than 60 homes.

On Saturday, the three Grave Fires grew together and are now one fire of 3,792 acres.

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The Pleasant Fire (599 acres), which has also brought evacuations, and Ditch Creek Fire (142 acres), are still having control lines built by hand and equipment, fire teams said Sunday morning.

The good news is that Spencer Fires, King Mountain Fire and Swamp Fire have been lined, plumbed and are in mop-up, fire teams said.

The best place to track information on Garner is its officialFacebook page here.

This could be a dangerous day on the Hendrix Fire.

The wildfire southwest of Ashland, in the Little Applegate River area, grew to 1,057acres by Sunday morning and is 15 percent contained.

But it will likely see some thunderstorm activity today.

There is a Red Flag Warning today due to a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, with the possibility of abundant lightning, the Hendrix Fire teams said in a morning report.

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Firefighters are prepared to initial attack any new fire starts if they occur. The fire is expected to become more active today, as atmospheric conditions become more unstable with a shift in the weather.

TheHendrix Firealready hasevacuation warnings in place foraround 35 homes near Ruch in Applegate Valley area.

It has alsoclosed a large areaof roads and trails in the region, including 13 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Observation Gapto the Grouse Gap Shelter.

A public meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at the Ruch Branch Library. The meeting will also be livestreamed. There are 467 personnel currently working the fire.

For details on evacuations, seethis post.

This complex of six larger wildfires and numerous smaller ones continued to grow on Saturday, reaching 3,469 acres almost 1,200 acres of growth in the past 24 hours.

Located between Crater Lake and Interstate 5 near Myrtle Creek, the fires have brought evacuationstothe Tiller area and closures of roads and trails.

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The Douglas County Sheriffs Office issued a level 2 evacuation warning, meaning get set to go at any moment, for six homes on Tison Road.

Several trails were also closed in Diamond Lake Ranger District, North Umpqua Ranger District and Tiller Ranger District.More than a dozen roads are also closed in the Tiller Ranger District.

For more details on the South Umpqua Complex, including more details on closures,click here.

TheNatchez Fire, located 15 miles south of Cave Junction, continued to grow Sunday morning.

Due to the growth, a large area on the Oregon and California border near theSiskiyou Wildernesssoutheast of Cave Junction was closed.

Its unclear the exact size of the fire, according to fire teams.

There are two activewildfires burning on the east side of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness west of Selma the Klondike and Granite fires.

Both appear to be growing, although acres numberswasnt avalable

This area is very rugged and has been unsafe to put members into the fire area, fire teams reported Sunday morning.A strategy is being developed to limit the growth of the fires using air resources and old fire lines and existing roads in the area.

More:Extreme California wildfire doubles in size as it roars into Oregon

A team of fire experts is being assembled to develop a long term strategy for controlling these fires.

The growth of the Klondike Fire drew a level 2 evacuation warning for the residences in Oak Flat, located west of Selma in the Illinois River corridor.

Level 2 means get set to go at any moment.

The wildfire burning in a remote area of Crater Lake National Park grew to 702 acres Saturday, but the park and all its attractions remain open.

Timber Crater 6 Fire, ignited by a lightning strike and located in the northeast corner of the park, is being staffed by 157 firefighters and two helicopters attempting to suppress the blaze.

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Smoky conditions have been present at the park, due to both this fire and the numerous other blazes burning across Southern Oregon.

Even so, all trails, boat tours, roads and buildings remain open as usual, officials said in a news release.

There are numerous small to medium sized wildfires burning north of Prospect and Tilleron either side of Oregon Highway 62 south of Crater Lake.

Collectively they have burned 326 acres and are known as Sugar Pine, which is also the name of the largest of those fires.

More:California firefighter dies while battling blaze near Yosemite National Park

The titular Sugar Pine Fire is 250 acres and crews were still establishing an access rout to the blaze Saturday morning.

There could be slow-moving traffic in the area, particularly near the Highway 62 entrances to Joseph Steward State Park

Other active fires in the area include:

This complex of around 12 fires in Jackson County is in mop-up as of Saturday, a success story, said Ferguson, the public information officer.

These fires include: Trail Creek, Elk Creek, Green Top Mountain, Sterling Creek and Railroad Gap. The complex burned at least 250 acres.

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GOP Lawmaker Jason Spencer Strips Downcreams N-Word oacha BarCohenWho IAmica?

GOP Lawmaker Jason Spencer Strips Down, Screams N-Word on Sacha Baron Cohens Who Is America?

The second episode of Baron Cohens Showtime series upped the ante with Dick Cheney and a seriously unhinged state representative from Georgia.

This past week, Jason Spencer, a Republican state representative from Georgia,revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen had tricked himinto shouting provocative language during what he thought was a real anti-terrorism training video. Now we know that provocative language was the N-word.

The shouting of racial slurs by Spencer, who was recentlydefeatedin a GOP primary after serving four controversial terms, was just one of several unnerving moments from the most outrageous segment in the second episode ofShowtimesWho Is America?Week two of this news-making show also featured former Vice President Dick Cheneysigning a waterboard kit,Ted Koppelarguing about the size of Donald Trumps inauguration crowdandThe Bachelors Corinne Olympiosgamelypretending that she helped clean up the Ebola crisisin Africa.

In last weeks premiere, wesaw some pretty gullible gun rights advocatesfall for Baron Cohens deception. But evenarguing that toddlers should be armed with gunsis nothing compared to the behavior the comedian elicited from Spencer, admittedly a far less prominent and powerful figure than people like Cheney or Bernie Sanders.

Posing again as Israeli terrorism expert Col. Erran Morad, Baron Cohen enlists Spencer, who claims to be a victim of death threats, for a training video on how elected officials can protect themselves from terrorists. The training involves a parade of Islamophobic, homophobic and racist techniques that Spencer takes in stride.

This shouldnt be all that surprising for anyone familiar with Spencers record, which has includedthreats against a black female Democratic colleagueand aproposal to ban Muslims from wearing veils. And yet, still, the things that Spencer does and says with Cohen are truly shocking.

When Morad asked Spencer to act like a Chinese tourist in order to take selfie-stick photos up a suspected terrorists burka, he obliges, delivering the most racist and ignorant impression you can imagine. When he requests that Spencer scream the N-word, the lawmaker does so aggressively and without hesitation. The inevitable joke comes when Baron Cohen asks him, Are you crazy? The N-word is noony, not this word, this word is disgusting.

At one point, Morad says that terrorists are so afraid of gay people that they think they will become homosexual if you touch them with your bare behind. So Spencer takes off his pants and quite literally bum-rushes his Israeli trainer, shouting, Murica!

A Message to Terrorists from Rep. Jason Spencer comes in the form of a post-credits sequence. All you damn sand-n*ggers over in the Middle East, we are tired of you coming to America and we are tired of you trying to threaten us, he says, inexplicably wielding a knife in front of a green screen. We will cut off your dick, you understand? We will take your dick and we will shove it in your mouth, he adds, taking an aggressive bite out of a large sausage. How are you going to rape children and women without a dick?

By comparison, Col. Morads interview with Cheney is pretty tame. Like the Bernie Sanders sit-down from the first episode, its more about highlighting Baron Cohens lightning-quick improv skills, including one-too-many jokes about Dick pics, than it is about exposing something new about the former vice president. For instance, despite the hosts best efforts, he does not get Cheney to admit that he shot his hunting buddy in the face on purpose. And frankly, we all already knew that Cheney has no moral quandaries about torture.

On the other end of the spectrum, the segment with Corinne Olympios is the first one of the series that does feel like unnecessary punching down, especially given what we know about herexperience as the victim of an alleged sexual assaulton the set ofBachelor in Paradiselast summer.

Olympiostold The Daily Beastthat Baron Cohens crew forced her to surrender her cell phone and would not let her leave the set during the shoot.Im like, are you guys kidnapping me? she remembers thinking. I dont get it. It was like, youre holding me here against my will, what the fuck is going on? You guys are fucking out of your minds!

Her willingness in the segment to lie about a supposed humanitarian trip to Sierra Leone is deeply embarrassing, but its hard not to wonder what exactly she did to deserve being pranked like this.

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There are no similar concerns to be had about Spencer. After losing his primary election, the Republican lawmaker is already on his way out of the Georgia legislature. But following his performance on Sunday nights episode, will he really be allowed to serve out the rest of his term?

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Red-hot planet All-time hearecords have been seall over thworld during thpasweek

Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week

Simulation of maximum temperatures on July 3 from American (GFS) weather model at two meters above the ground. (University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer)

(This article, originally published Tuesday, was updated Wednesday to add all-time heat records at Mount Washington, N.H., and Tbilisi, Georgia set since Monday. On Thursday, the story was updated to include information on heat-related deaths in Canada and extraordinary heat in Siberia. On Friday, it was updated to add the likely all-time heat record in Africa and Southern California.)

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week.

Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporationreportsthe heat is to blame for at least 54 deaths in southern Quebec, mostly in and near Montreal, which endured record high temperatures.

In Northern Siberia, along the coast of the Arctic Ocean where weather observations are scarce model analyses showed temperatures soaring 40 degrees above normal on July 5, to over 90 degrees. It is absolutely incredible and really one of the most intense heat events Ive ever seen for so far north, wrote meteorologist Nick Humphrey,who offers more detailon this extraordinary high-latitude hot spell on his blog.

On Thursday, Africa likely witnessed its hottest temperature ever reliably measured. Ouargla, Algeria soared to 124.3 degrees (51.3 Celsius). If verified, it would surpass Africas previous highest reliable temperature measurement of 123.3 degrees (50.7 Celsius) set July 13, 1961, in Morocco.

[Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria]

No single record, in isolation, can be attributed to global warming. But collectively, these heat records are consistent with the kind of extremes we expect to see increase in a warming world.

Lets take a tour around the world of the recent hot-weather milestones.

A massive and intense heat dome has consumed the eastern two-thirds of the United States and southeast Canada since late last week. Its not only been hot but also exceptionally humid. Here are some of the notable all-time records set:

set its all-time high-temperature of 111 degreeson July 6, along with several other locations in Southern California.

tiedits all-time high-temperature record of 105 degrees on June 28.

, N.H.,tiedits all-time warmest low temperature of 60 degrees on July 2.

, Vt.,set its all-time warmest low temperatureever recorded of 80 degrees on July 2.

recorded itshighest temperature in recorded history, dating back 147 years, of 97.9 degrees (36.6 Celsius) on July 2. The city also postedits most extreme midnight combination of heat and humidity.

posted its most extreme combination of heat and humidityon July 1.

[Oppressive heat dome engulfs the Northeast and it will spread west this weekend]

The dome of high pressure set to develop this weekend over the eastern US is IMPRESSIVE. Current foretasted strength would make this the strongest ridge of high pressure on record for this time of year over the last 30 m/A5bTh5CvOV

Excessive heat torched the British Isles late last week. The stifling heat caused roads and roofs to buckle,the Weather Channel reported, and resulted in multiple all-time record highs:

had its hottest day on record, hitting 89.4 degrees (31.9 Celsius). Previously, it was reported that Scotland set its hottest temperature on record of 91.8 degrees (33.2 Celsius) on June 28 in Motherwell, about 12 miles southeast of Glasgow. However, upon further evaluation, the U.K. Met Officedetermined the record was invaliddue to an artificial heating source near the temperature sensor.

hit89.6 degrees (32 Celsius), its all-time record.

hit85.1 degrees (29.5 Celsius) on June 28, its all-time record.

hit 86.2 degrees(30.1 Celsius) on June 29, its all-time record.

How hot? So hot the Glasgow Science Centre roof is melting a bit 🔆🔆🔆

A large dome of high pressure, or heat dome, has persistently sat on top of Eurasia over the past week, resulting in some extraordinarily hot weather:

: On July 4, the capital citysoared to 104.9 degrees (40.5 Celsius), its all-time record.

: On July 2, the capital citysoared to 107.6 degrees (42 Celsius), a record high for July and tying its record for any month.

topped or matched their warmest June temperatureson record on the 28th.

A GFS model shows a large upper-level high-pressure zone, or heat dome, over Eurasia on Monday. )

Aswe reported,Quriyat, Oman, posted the worlds hottest low temperature ever recorded on June 28: 109 degrees (42.6 Celsius).

These various records add to a growing list of heat milestones set over the past 15 months that are part and parcel of a planet that is trending hotter as greenhouse gas concentrations increase because of human activity:

In April,Pakistan posted the hottest temperature ever observed on Earth during the monthof 122.4 degrees (50.2 Celsius).

Dallas had never hit 90 degrees in November before, but it did sothree times in four daysin 2017.

In late October 2017, temperatures soared to 108 degrees in Southern California,the hottest weather on record so late in the season in the entire United States.

On Sept. 1, 2017, San Francisco hit 106 degrees,smashing its all-time hottest temperature.

In late July 2017, Shanghairegistered its highest temperature in recorded history, 105.6 degrees (40.9 Celsius).

In mid-July,Spain posted its highest temperature recordedwhen Cordoba Airport (in the south) hit 116.4 degrees (46.9 Celsius).

In July 2017, Death Valley, Calif., enduredthe hottest month recorded on Earth.

In late June 2017,Ahvaz, Iran, soared to 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit(53.7 Celsius) that countrys all-time hottest temperature.

In late May 2017, the western town of Turbat in Pakistan hit 128.3 degrees (53.5 Celsius), tying the all-time highest temperature in that country and the world-record temperature for May,according to Masters.

Why are more than 100 television meteorologists around the world wearing this tie?

The U.S. just observed its warmest 3-, 4-, and 5-year spans on record

The U.S. just had its warmest May in history, blowing past 1934 Dust Bowl record

April was Earths 400th warmer-than-normal month in a row

(Correction: The original version of this post listed Belfast as part of Ireland. It is the capital of Northern Ireland, and this has been updated.)

Jason Samenow is The Washington Posts weather editor and Capital Weather Gangs chief meteorologist. He earned a masters degree in atmospheric science and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.Follow