Smoke builds as crews continue firefight
Smoke from Southern Oregon wildfires reached levels deemed unhealthy in Ashland by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Elsewhere in the area, 24-hour DEQ reports show air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups in Shady Cove, Medford and Klamath Falls and moderate in Grants Pass.
The air quality stems from wildfires burning throughout the state which are hampering crews due to shifting winds, continued dry conditions and difficult terrain.
Chetco Bar Fire
Size: 22,042 acres
In Curry County, the Chetco Bar Fire expanded evacuation notices owing to a red flag warning in place until Sunday and forecast strong, gusty winds.
Level 3 evacuation notices to residents on South Bank Chetco Road east of Mt. Emily Road, and residents on Chetco River from Loeb State Park to the Wilderness Retreat area are Level 2 evacuation notice.
Nena Springs Fire
Size: 66,003 acres
The fire near Warm Springs has grown more than 19,000 acres in two days, though the evacuation notice near Kah-Nee-Ta Resort has been dropped to Level 1, while other nearby structures have dropped to Level 2 evacuation notice, according to Oregon State Fire Marshal reports. Crews are working to keep the fire west of the Deschutes River and working to keep it out of Beaver Creek canyon. All roads except Webster Flat are open.
Blanket Creek Fire
Size: 5,396 acres, 62 percent contained
At the fire burning seven miles east of Prospect, steep terrain and high-standing snags from the 2008 Middle Fork fire make accessing the Red Blanket Creek drainage area to attack flames directly difficult. Suppression activity continues to focus on the west side of the fire, and crews intend to cover hand lines and bulldozer lines with native material to minimize erosion after the fire.
Spruce Lake Fire
Size: 5,043 acres, 60 percent contained
Spot fires along the perimeter continue to challenge crews at the fire burning on the west side of Crater Lake National Park. Officials have seen little activity from the east side of the fire, where the pumice fields and other natural barriers are limiting growth. Crews are mopping up the west side and repairing fire line, National Forest reports show.
Sherwood Fire (formerly known as Roseburg Fire)
Size: 65 acres, 40 percent contained
Isolated pockets continue to burn at the fire burning about 6 miles west of Diamond Lake near Sherwood Butte. The fire's cause isn't yet known.
Round Top, Needle, Butte and Silent fires
Size: 25 acres, 100 percent contained
The four fires burning near Crater Lake National Park have been fully contained, but crews are monitoring the fire owing to warmer temperatures, windy conditions and drier air.
North Pelican Fire
Size: 500 acres, no containment
Billowing smoke is impacting the use of air resources to attack the fire burning in a remote area of Pelican Butte 28 miles northwest of Klamath Falls. Crews are preparing Forest Service roads to use as containment lines as the fire moves southwest. No structures are currently threatened.