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Middle Fork Complex

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477

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Smoke Outlook for Thursday, Sept. 16

Middle Fork Complex Wildfire
News – 9/16/2021

Smoke Outlook for 9/16 - 9/17
Middle Fork Complex Fire


Fire and Weather
The fire weather forecast expects light winds out of the NW today. Locally, winds will be terrain driven. The inversion will likely dissipate by mid-morning. Fire will continue to creep through fuels, with most of the activity being along the southern edge where control efforts have included strategic burnout operations to strengthen and improve control lines. Interior unburned pockets will continue to burn. There is potential for some movement where wind and slope align with preheated fuels. We still expect wet weather starting Friday. It's looking like as much as 0.5" of rain could fall on the fire, possibly more. Stay tuned!

 This morning, winds will be primarily terrain driven. Smoke that settled into low lying areas overnight should be expected to remain captured under the inversion until the it begins to dissipate. Surface heating will be somewhat limited due to smoke cover, and upslope/up valley wind movement will likely not begin until later this morning. Light NW transport winds won’t be much help moving smoke out of the area. Expect drift smoke from the Bull Complex to drift toward Bend and La Pine again today as was observed yesterday.
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The monitor at McKenzie Bridge will be moved to Fall Creek/Cascara to replace the monitor there that needs to be sent back to the Rocky Mountain Cache for maintenance.

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