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Local Resources for Jackson and Josephine Counties

Ashland around 8:40 a.m. on Friday. Wildfire smoke is expected to linger in Jackson County throughout the weekend. 

With so much of  the Rogue Valley being affected by wildfire smoke, we wanted to share some local resources you can check for regular updates.

Jackson County and Jackson County Health & Human Services both have news on current wildfires, including updated maps, evacuation notices and more. You can sign up for citizen alerts as well. Follow them on Facebook (@jacksoncountyhealthandhumanservices) and Twitter (@JacksonCountyOR).

Josephine County has emergency management information, current fire information and more. You can also follow Josephine County's Sheriff's Department on Facebook (@jcsosheriff).

Ashland is also providing regular updates on smoke as is the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project through its SmokeWise Ashland page. Follow them on Facebook (@AFR.Project) and Twitter @ahslandforest.

ODF's Southwest Oregon District has been providing regular fire updates on its blog, Facebook (@ODFSouthwest) and Twitter (@swofire) pages.

There's a new Local Contacts tab above if you want to follow developments in other parts of the state. Feel free to comment on that page or below if you know of a local resource we should include that isn't on our list.

Remember to bookmark DEQ's Air Quality Index for the latest conditions if you haven't already. You can also download the mobile app on your smart phone by searching for OregonAir.

And as always, we'll continue to provide updates throughout wildfire season on air quality conditions.

The view from the Jackson County Health & Human Services parking garage at 7:56 a.m. on Friday. Photo courtesy  Jackson County's Tanya Phillips.