Red flag warning turns out to be real deal as winds, heavy smoke sweep into Sweet Home
September 9, 2020
By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era
A red flag warning got very real very fast for Sweet Home residents Monday evening, Sept. 7, as blustery winds from the north and east blew heavy smoke into town.
Predictions for a combination of high winds at 15-30 mph from the east with gusts up to 50 mph, low humidity, proved out starting about 6 p.m. bringing smoke from fires in the Cascades into town and prompting the National Weather Service to issue air quality warnings for the area.
Forecasters also warned that dry fuels could cause rapid spread of wildfires burning in the Detroit Lake and Jefferson...