Cooler Air and Showers on the Way

WEATHER DISCUSSION Before we start talking about the wonderful thought of showers and cooler air. I must discuss the next few days. We’ll still be getting hot afternoon temperatures as the axis of the high pressure ridge sits over us. In fact, the warmest day should be Sunday, but only by a few degrees at … Continue reading »

ODF Warns of Increased Fire Activity

SALEM, Ore. — As we move closer to fall, fire officials are getting ready for fire activity to pick up. The Oregon Department of Forestry says with cooler temperatures at night, fire officials are noticing more warming fires being starting by campers and early morning hunters, despite ODF officials saying fires outside of camp grounds … Continue reading »

Clear, but Warming Up Into the Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION Dominant region of high pressure over the Pacific creating clear conditions across the region. This feature, along with the thermal trough that has formed at the coast is allowing for temperatures to rise quite a bit. Thursday, temperatures were up an average of 5-10 degrees from just 24-hours ago. The extreme being Brookings. … Continue reading »

Fire Weather Concerns Ongoing Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds remain out of the northeast this morning, keeping temperatures mild in Brookings and above the 70 degree mark. Inland, the clear skies are allowing temperatures to drop into the 40’s and 50’s. Aside from the fire weather concerns, it will again be a quiet day with temperatures trending warmer than Thursday … Continue reading »

Local Fires Not Out Yet, But Contained

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Gulch Fire and Rogue River Drive Fire are still burning but are 100 percent contained. Oregon Department of Forestry crews are still patrolling the areas daily, searching for any leftover hot spots. Brian Ballou with ODF said there is a good chance these fires won’t be out completely until the … Continue reading »

Comfortable Temperatures Stick Around

WEATHER DISCUSSION A cooler air mass that moved in a few days ago is still sitting over the region and allowing for temperatures to be near or a little above average. For today, temperatures were a little warmer than the last couple of afternoons. However, until Tuesday, these comfortable afternoon highs will be lingering. Sunny … Continue reading »

Avoiding the Smoke In N. California

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — As these fires continue to burn, sending smoke in the area, communities throughout Northern California are trying to deal with the poor air quality. Happy Camp Elementary is preparing to install air purifiers throughout the school sometime this weekend. The school is expecting to open Monday. That’s three school days later … Continue reading »

Rafting Business Back On Track

SHADY COVE, Ore. — This time last year, thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and lightning sparked several fires. The smoke from those fires moved into the valley and just about put rafting companies out of business for the year. One company said so far this year, they’re back on track. Rafts are stacked up and ready … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted law makers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho senator Mike Carpo to secure more than 600 million dollars of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fuels, Not Danger Level

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Tuesday, temperatures hit triple digits, but the fire danger level remains at high. Despite no change to the fire danger level, Oregon Department of Forestry officials said days like Tuesday have an impact on the plants that have hung on until now. O.D.F. officials said July is typically troublesome because of … Continue reading »

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