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Increased fire restrictions, Red Flag Warning both go into effect Thursday.

As Malheur County continues to sizzle under an unnaturally early heat wave, area officials plan to implement a countywide burn ban Thursday.

The dry conditions also prompted the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management to expand fire restrictions on public lands beginning Thursday.

Additionally, the National Weather Service in Boise announced Wednesday that a Red Flag Warning would be in effect Thursday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. MDT for most of Malheur County. Abundant lightning and outflow winds up to 40 mph are expected to develop late in . . .