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Long-burning fires may bring smoke to communities

A number of fires are burning in Oregon and several will continue burning for months, meaning communities near those fires may see smoke from time to time. All air quality monitors in the state show good air quality heading into the weekend. One air resource officer was called in to further coordinate on smoke issues related to a wildfire in Josephine and Curry Counties, with another being called in for a fire bringing smoke near Crater Lake National Park. Current fires include:

  • ·         The 2,000-acre Chetco Bar fire is burning in steep, forested terrain in the Kaliompsis Wilderness. A portable monitor has been placed in Brookings as the fire is expected to burn into the rain/snow season. It could potentially impact Cave Junction, Grants Pass and Brookings, among other communities.
  • ·         The 20,000-acre Bowden Fire is burning 22 miles south of Rome and is contained.
  • ·         Crews on the Blanket Creek Fire have requested an air resource advisor for this small fire burning nine miles northeast of Prospect.
  • ·         The human-caused Emerson Fire is more than 10,000 acres burning grass and brush, with occasional moderate smoke intrusions flowing into Madras.
  • ·         The 600 acre Crane Creek Fire is burning 600 acres of grass and brush in Lake County.
  • ·         The 4,000-acre Upper Mine Fire is burning eight miles south of Fields and is nearing full containment.
  • ·         The Whitewater Fire is burning less than 100 acres in Jefferson Wilderness near Detroit.
  • ·         The Indian Creek Fire is burning less than 100 acres in the Columbia River Gorge, closing the popular Eagle Creek Trailhead.

For more information on fires around Oregon visit InciWeb. Regular air quality forecasts will be posted here. Remember to follow the Oregon Smoke Blog on Twitter as well @ORSmokeBlog.