Wildland firefighters work on the Little Bend blaze at the Rough Patch complex in this August 21 photo. US Forest Service photo by Kevin S. Abel, via InciWeb.
Changing winds and 3,000 more acres of wildfires since Sunday will extend an air quality advisory for southern Oregon at least mid-week.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended its intermittent smoke warning – especially for those living directly downwind of existing fires – until at least Wednesday, but possibly longer, according to a statement posted on the Oregon Smoke Information blog.
As of 11 am Monday, Medford’s air quality reached 130, which is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” according to the DEQ air quality monitor reading on Welch and Jackson Streets. The reading ended 17 hours of “moderate” air quality between the 60s and 80s.
At 1:30 am, the reading was 229, considered “very unhealthy”.
Smoke is expected to increase on Monday before improving slightly in the evening and worsening on Tuesday, according to the smoke outlook from the Interagency Forest Fire Air Quality Response Program for the Cascades region of southern Canada. Oregon.
Smoke Driving is an increase in activity from fires burning in Douglas County such as the Devil’s Knob Complex, Jack Fire Complex and Rough Patch and other fires in the state.
The fires rose to 3,165 acres on Sunday, including 24,900 acres “showing intense or dispersed heat,” fire officials said.
“Expect similar fire behavior as crews continue to improve containment lines and continue depletion operations day and night, conditions permitting,” the outlook says.
As of Monday morning, the Jack Fire burning about 20 miles east of Glide had a footprint of about 23,787 acres and was 51% contained. The Rough Patch complex burning about 10 miles north of the Jack fire spanned 22,646 acres and was 3% contained. The burning Devil’s Knob complex in the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest was estimated at 23,575 acres and was 25% contained, according to InciWeb.