Scorching, record-breaking 100-plus temperatures forced Mid-Columbia residents into the shade Monday while firefighters scrambled to contain several lightning-caused wildfires.
The sweltering heat led the National Weather Service to put the region in a red flag warning through 9 a.m. today. Benton County Emergency Services officials are urging residents to take precautions and watch for heat exhaustion and stroke.
High winds also caused about 1,470 residents in and near Irrigon, Ore., to be without power for most of Monday. About 30 of Umatilla Electric Cooperative's power poles blew down, and crews worked all day to restore power by 5 p.m. An electric generator was set up at Irrigon City Hall, where some residents came to stay cool.