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May 19, 2024

Air quality advisory continues through Sunday night

A screen grab from a National Weather Service smoke forecast showing conditions at 7 p.m. Saturday indicates the smoke is coming from fires burning mostly in northwest California. NWS image
September 16, 2023

Smoke from Anvil, Smith River fires drifted into Rogue Valley on Saturday

By Bert Etling, Ashland.news

Jackson County was added Saturday to an air quality advisory issued Friday by the state Department of Environmental Quality for Josephine and Curry counties. The advisory continues through Sunday night.

Smoke from the Anvil Fire east of Port Orford and Smith River Complex fires burning southwest of Cave Junction are drifting east into areas including the Rogue Valley and Ashland.

An Inciweb map shows, clockwise from lower center, locations of the Happy Camp, Smith River Complex, Flat and Anvil fires. Inciweb.nwcg.gov

Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions, the DEQ cautioned. People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant people.

It’s recommended people stay inside if possible and keep windows and doors closed. 

The air quality index (AQI) in Ashland deteriorated Saturday evening, crossing into the unhealthy for sensitive groups level (101-150) with a reading of 115 at 5 p.m., worsening to 135 at 6 p.m., and leveling off at 142, 142, 143 and 143 at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. respectively.

A graphic showing AQI levels Saturday show steep deterioration of conditions going into the evening. aqi.oregon.gov image

A smoke forecast video on the website of the Medford office of the National Weather Service indicated conditions should improve through the night, possibly becoming somewhat worse Sunday afternoon before improving into the evening.

The NWS forecast for Ashland called for patchy smoke Sunday up to 9 p.m., with a 20% chance of thunderstorms after 3 p.m. continuing until midnight Sunday.

Current Ashland AQI readings are available on the city of Ashland SmokeWise page (click here) and on the Ashland.news home page in the right-hand column above the weather box (click here).

Email Ashland.news Executive Editor Bert Etling at betling@ashland.news or call or text him at 541-631-1313.

Ashland’s AQI climbed into the 140’s on Saturday, Sept. 16, its worst reading since exceeding 150 on Aug. 29. AirNow.gov graphic
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Bert Etling

Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.

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