Malheur County under red flag warning due to possible thunderstorms Wednesday

Recruits attend the Bureau of Land Management Vale District annual firefighter training school in Unity, Oregon, in June 2020. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

Malheur County is facing a red flag warning from the National Weather Service for “critical fire weather conditions” because of possible thunderstorms starting on Wednesday, prompting the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to announce new restrictions for the public on its lands.

The red flag warning is in effect from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday because of the threat of thunderstorms and potential wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph with the storms, according to the National Weather Service in Boise.

The additional BLM restrictions . . .