A Smoke Air Quality Advisory remains in effect for eastern Lane County. Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels due to smoke at times through noon PDT Monday.
The Middle Fork Complex is comprised of the Kwis, Gales, and Ninemile fires. The Incident Management Team is also managing the Knoll fire. Total acres burned on Middle Fork Complex is 8,846 and is currently 2% contained. The Knoll fire remains at 544 acres and 30% contained.
Today’s weather forecast will be favorable for continued clearing of accumulated smoke. Increased ventilation and stronger afternoon winds will support clearing air for most of the forecast area. Our heaviest smoke impacts will be in the midday hours as the inversion breaks and smoke mixes to the surface.
Eugene and Springfield should see Good air quality today with a few periods of Moderate in the early afternoon. Lowell and McKenzie Bridge can expect Moderate conditions this morning becoming USG to Unhealthy. By mid-afternoon smoke will start to clear out and air quality will become Moderate to Good by the evening hours. Oakridge will still see more localized impacts with its proximity to the Kwis fire. This morning anticipates increasing smoke and Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy air quality. By the afternoon Oakridge will see good ventilation and clearing of smoke should intensify. LaPine and Bend communities can expect to see smoky skies into the evening hours but clearing overnight.