The Nakia Creek Fire could grow this weekend as east winds arrive.

Story updated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 with news of a new wildfire in Oregon Coast Range.

The return of hot and dry east winds to the Pacific Northwest is expected to fuel wildfire growth this weekend in Oregon and Washington, likely bringing unhealthy air quality to the Willamette Valley into next week.

A red flag warning has been issued for Saturday and Sunday due to east winds that could gust up to 30 mph, fueling the growth of the Cedar Creek Fire in Oregon and the Nakia Creek and Siouxon fires in Washington.

A new wildfire was also reported Saturday morning — an 80-acre blaze in Oregon’s Clatsop State Forest northwest of Fishhawk Lake.

“The fire currently is not a threat to the Fishhawk Lake community or other structures,” the Oregon Department of Forestry said in a statement. A type 3 firefighter team is currently being assembled, the agency said.

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