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Red Flag Warning issued for southern Idaho, eastern Oregon

Thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday, combined with hot, dry weather could create perfect conditions for fast-moving wildfires.

BOISE, Idaho — The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Red Flag Warning for a large portion of southern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northeastern Nevada.

The warning, which goes into effect at noon on Wednesday and will last until 6 p.m. Thursday, means that critical fire weather conditions are expected.

According to KTVB meteorologist Bri Eggers, isolated thunderstorms are likely on both Wednesday and Thursday.

With hot, dry conditions this week, the possibility of lightning strikes and strong winds increase the chance of wildfires throughout the region.

The majority of the storms expected this week will bring very little precipitation, a lot of lightning, and very gusty wind, Eggers said.

"This type of storm has the potential to start and spread wildfires very quickly," she said.

The thunderstorms aren't expected to be widespread and not all areas will experience storms over the next couple of days. The storms that do occur will be short-lived and very isolated.

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