As the Oregon Gulch fire burned, along with many other fires in the vicinity, smoke filled the skies in northern California and portions of southern Oregon Friday afternoon. If the fires continue to burn, the smoke we are seeing will persist for the next few days.
The Oregon Department of Forestry released an update Friday that states what's being called The Beaver Complex now consists of the Salt Creek Fire and the Oregon Gulch Fire. The Oregon Gulch Fire grew rapidly and is now estimated at 11,000 acres.
Long-range forecasting, like seasonal forecasting, meteorologists no longer look at weather models like we do for the day-to-day forecast, we look at teleconnections. Two of the best known teleconnections are El Niño and La Niña.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a LEVEL THREE EVACUATION for all residents on Copco Road near Ashland. Level 3 Evacuation means residents need to leave. Fall Creek Ranch just south of the fire area has been designated a safe zone for evacuees.
Crews continued to battle several small fires in the hills between Talent and Ashland that were sparked by lightning Wednesday. There are several fires burning in the Wagner Butte area. The largest is being called "Wagner 1," and has burned about eight acres.