PORTLAND, Ore. -- Firefighters and rainfall have blunted a grass fire threatening the Eastern Oregon town John Day, but fire danger continues for much of Oregon and Washington as lightning strikes move throughout the state.
The National Weather Service says two overnight showers dampened the grass and slowed the flames enough for authorities to lift the be-ready-to-leave notices given to neighborhoods at the edge of John Day, a town of 1,700 people.
But the National Weather Service says there's a high wildfire danger from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening across much of the Northwest.
Forecasters say the risk comes from dry lightning strikes as thunderstorms move across the states.
Because of dry conditions, the red flag warning area includes the western Cascades and Puget Sound area south into Oregon. The red flag warming also covers the southeast corner of Washington, eastern Oregon and parts of Idaho.
Expected thunderstorms also raise the possibility of flash flooding on the east slopes of the Cascades.
Forecasters say the summer pattern of morning clouds and afternoon sunshine will likely return next week.The fire is on ranch land north of town. Lightning is suspected as the cause.