Air Quality Summary August 18, 2013
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
Saturday’s air quality levels at the SW Oregon monitoring locations remained Good to Moderate, although a few sites were approaching the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category. Smoke drifted south and southeast from the primary burn areas and was typically visible from many locations even if it was not actually present at that spot. Overnight, most river valleys in western Josephine and eastern Curry Counties were quite smoke impacted, as well as the upper Rogue River valley above Shady Cove and the South Umpqua River valley between Canyonville and Tiller.
Air Quality Forecast: Burnout operations will continue at all three fire complexes on Sunday with the most activity likely along the southwestern portion of the Big Windy Fire in the vicinity of Bear Camp Road. Agness, Selma and Cave Junction could see significant smoke later today into Monday morning. Smoke is expected to drift south today resulting in minimal impacts to areas north of the active burn areas (most of Douglas, Coos and Klamath Counties) while increasing the affects in Curry, Josephine and Jackson Counties. Again, river valleys in these areas will see the highest impacts overnight into the morning hours. Smoke from the California fires will have no impact on Oregon the next few days.