Rogue Valley Inundated With Wildfire Smoke, Reaching Hazardous Levels

With winds blowing from the South, it isn't just the local smoke that Southern Oregon has to contend with, but smoke from fires burning much farther south in California.

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 11:33 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2018 11:49 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Air quality conditions in Southern Oregon and Siskiyou County are abysmal and unlikely to improve within the next week, based on the latest forecasts from our StormWatch 12 meteorologists.

Not only are local wildfires providing their smoke to the air, but wildfires much farther south are making a large contribution.

With winds blowing in from a southerly direction, smoke from the Natchez Fire, Carr Fire, and even parts of the Mendocino Complex in California continues to flow north into the Rogue Valley—this on top of our local smoke-producing fires, the Taylor Creek and Garner Complex.

However, without any incoming weather systems strong enough to push the thick blanket of smoke out of the area, much of that haze will continue to linger in the valleys.

Although air quality levels are likely to change (and most likely worsen) throughout the day, Grants Pass and Ashland currently sit at "Unhealthy" levels, with Medford, Klamath Falls and Shady Cove at "Very Unhealthy," and most of Siskiyou County at "Unhealthy." Happy Camp and Tule Lake stand out as "Hazardous" even at the beginning of the day.

For periodic daily updates on air quality conditions throughout Southern Oregon and Siskiyou County, visit our article HERE.

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