MEDFORD, Ore. – Southern Oregonians are seeing a lot of smoke in the skies; in the Rogue Valley, it’s coming from two fires in the Red Butte Wilderness Area.
The Hello Fire and the Lick fires are both burning with 0% containment and there is also a lot of smoke in the Klamath Basin coming from the Barry Point Fire near Lakeview.
Those fires are being blamed for the haze that has been seen in the Rogue Valley, but the Oregon Department of Forestry says that haze should dissipate soon if the wind direction remains the same.
ODF officials say it has been 25 years since they have seen extreme smoke conditions in the Rogue Valley. In 1987, the area saw a time of zero visibility due to wide spread lightning fires.
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