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Red flag warning issued for Malheur County

A Bureau of Land Management fire crew conducts pile burning of cut juniper at Hunter Mountain, north of Juntura, earlier in the year. A red flag warning has been issued for the local area because of expected thunderstorm activity. (The Enterprise/Photo Courtesy of BLM)

VALE - Malheur County is under a red flag warning from the National Weather Service for fire conditions because of potential lightning.

The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. Monday to 11 p.m. Tuesday as thunderstorms are expected to roll into the area Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Boise. A red flag warning indicates that “critical fire weather conditions are either . . .