Crews face toughest days ahead with steep terrain hot temperatures

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

Klamathon Fire crews continue to battle flames in the steep terrain of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

The National Weather Service Incident Meteorologist Sean Luchs says he has a detailed forecast for the remainder of the week but possibly more important than that he pays close attention to small scale features around the fire that can impact weather patterns by the hour.

"Small influences from any kind of complex terrain like the mountains but then also rivers and lakes can influence things as well maybe change the temperature a little bit, nudge the winds a little bit. Enough that it'll be important to a firefighter working the line," said Luchs.

When looking at specific areas the National Weather Service gives a daily rating on cloud cover, temperature, rain, chances of lightening activity, winds, and humidity by using a stoplight philosophy.

Red being the most dangerous and green being relatively safe.

Temperatures are looking to go into the triple digits for the region within the coming days and there’s also a possibility for isolated thunderstorms, which could bring lightning and the possibility for additional fire starts.

This is keeping our crews on high alert.

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