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Fire weather watch, warning issued by National Weather Service

VALE – The National Weather Service out of Boise issued a fire weather watch for the area early this morning, but it has since been raised to a warning, indicating that scattered thunderstorms are possible across Malheur County Thursday. 

These thunderstorms could bring brief heavy rain, abundant lightning as well as gusty outflow winds.

The watch is in effect midday Thursday until Thursday evening.

The weather service is warning of 45 mph winds, and urges people to take precautions and to listen for later forecasts and more significant Red Flag warnings.

Al Crouch, Vale BLM fire operations specialist, said “it’s really anybody’s guess on how many fires we are going to have from now and the end of the year.”

“The historic peak of our fire season is right about now,” Crouch said. “This . . .