Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504
The Klondike Fire is 72% contained and 143,619 acres. Fire is most active at the confluence of Indigo Creek and Illinois River, Snail/Slim Creek drainages, Little Silver Creek, and Montana Springs.
Winds today will be light and variable shifting to Westerly winds in the afternoon. Conditions will be dry and warm which may contribute to increased fire activity and smoke production. Poor air quality has set in earlier than usual in Agness thanks to a low inversion that trapped smoke in Agness rather than above it. With longer exposure to unhealthy to hazardous conditions, take action to reduce exposure by following tips here: https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/smoke_fires/reduce-your-smokeexposure.pdf. Brookings air quality should improve later today with onshore breezes setting in. Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass may experience moderate air quality today as smoke is transported east.
Higher humidities return tomorrow, 9/22, which should lessen fire activity and smoke production. As less mixing in the atmosphere is expected, areas SE of the fire prone to drainage smoke can expect potentially air quality to be moderate to "unhealthy for sensitive groups."