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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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 4852216

Reported Deaths: 71350
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148510526549
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3678574183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
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Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
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Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
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Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
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Medford
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Hi: 57° Lo: 38°
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Brookings
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Crater Lake
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Grants Pass
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Klamath Falls
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More rain expected overnight into Monday, winds starting to weaken
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