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New Fires in SW Oregon Causing Smoke

Several new fires in southwestern Oregon and northern California are causing smoke issues in Medford, Klamath Falls, and Euguene.   The Oregon Gulch fire is the largest of these fires in Oregon, and has grown to 11,000 acres with 5% containment.   Persistent hot and dry weather, combined with dry fuels and steep topography is contributing to active fire growth.

Today's MODIS satellite image revealed smoke over much of southwestern OR, as shown below.

Air quality monitors in Medford, Klamath Falls and Eugene were showing moderate air quality this afternoon, with smoke transported to the north during the day.  Tomorrow, smoke is expected to be trasnported to the northeast of the fires, and back to a northerly transport direction on Sunday.  Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day, and will likely worsen at night and in the morning, in valleys.