Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
Smoke: Extreme smoke impacts are being seen in local
communities surrounding the Chetco Bar Fire, this includes
Brookings, Gold Beach and Agness. This is due to a
stagnant air mass with light and variable winds allowing
smoke to drain and settle in valleys and low-lying areas.
Unhealthy to Hazardous air quality levels are expected in
association with reduced visibility along Highway 101 and
other local roadways. Coastal areas such as Gold Beach
and Brookings may see slight improvement this afternoon
with a light sea breeze. Inland communities such as
Agness, Cave Junction and Grants Pass will remain in the
Unhealthy and Very Unhealthy range. See "Wildfire Smoke
and Your Health" link below for ways to minimize smoke
Fire: Extreme fire behavior is expected again today as
critical burn conditions exist. The fire is currently at
142,857 acres burned and is 10% contained.
Other: We are working hard to get the Agness smoke
monitor back online.