Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
With the smoke inversion expected to lift over the Taylor Creek and Klondike fires today, there is potential for increased fire activity. This is likely to produce large smoke columns visible from the communities of Selma, Grants Pass, Merlin and Cave Junction until Sunday afternoon.
Winds out of the northeast are forecast to increase today with gusts of 20-25 mph. The wind is expected to push smoke out of the area. For the past several days, the smoke has smothered the fires and moderated fire activity. Today’s clearer air will breathe life into the fire and increase fire behavior. However, the northeast winds should push the fire to the southwest, into the burn scar of last year’s Chetco Bar Fire and away from communities.
Fire managers are aware and prepared for the change in the weather and increased fire behavior. More crews are being staged in the southeast part of the Klondike Fire. The smoke dispersion may allow aircraft to support firefighters working on the ground.
If you are driving in smoky conditions, please turn your headlights on and drive slowly; you may encounter firefighters or firefighting equipment.