Chetco Bar Fire Air Quality, September 14, 2017
Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Chetco Bar grew a few hundred acres to 186,365 acres with 12% containment.
Miller Complex is at 34,535 acres with 40% containment.
On Chetco Bar: Slightly cooler temperatures again today with morning inversions. A dry cold front is expected this afternoon and winds may be gust in the 15-20 mph range from the NW. Upslope/upvalley winds will be more common through morning/early afternoon before gusty NW winds pick up.
On Miller Complex: A fairly strong but mainly dry cold front will move through the complex today. We may have light rain or drizzle this morning, then the afternoon will bring some sun with breezy northwest winds over the exposed areas along with cooler and more humid conditions to all areas. Tonight will be chilly with lows possibly dipping into the upper 30s in some places. Very dry air will once again lower down over the area above the inversion tonight.
Smoke: Cooling weather over the fires will reduce smoke, although other areas north and east of the fires are likely to experience heavy smoke at times throughout the day. Air quality is expected to continue to improve through tomorrow as the expected cold front will likely clear canyons and basins out.
Notes: Gold Beach monitor has failed, we plan to get it fixed, possibly later today.
Air Resource Advisor Contact: Linda Chappell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 435-979-8356