- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Forecasters say a combination of gusty winds and low humidity are creating a high wildfire danger through Friday evening west of the Cascades in much of western Washington and Oregon.

The National Weather Service has a red flag warning in effect in the area from Seattle through Eugene because of the danger that any fire would rapidly spread in winds of 25 mph or stronger when the humidity is as low as 20 percent. Winds Thursday in the Columbia River Gorge fanned fires near White Salmon and Multnomah Falls.

It’s a different story east of the Cascades where forecasters say temperatures will drop below freezing Friday night in some places.

The Weather Service expects a warming trend over the weekend that will last into next week in the Northwest.

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