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Medford shatters 1967 heat record

Medford has already set a new record for consecutive days of 95 degrees or hotter, and the record could be extended by another week if the forecast holds.

The record for consecutive days of 95 degrees or higher in Medford was 18 days, a stretch that ended Aug. 25, 1967, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Spilde.

“We’ve already beaten the record,” Spilde said Friday. “We’re currently at 20, and we’re expecting at least five more days.”

A heat advisory is in effect for Medford and Jackson County through at least 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Spilde.

Meteorologists predict a high temperature in Medford of 102 Saturday, 100 Sunday, 100 Monday, 98 Tuesday, and 97 Wednesday.

The forecast calls for 93 next Thursday and 94 next Friday.

The brutal forecast could be tempered somewhat by “more afternoon breezes,” Spilde predicted.

Smoke levels are expected to remain similar to where they’ve been in recent days “barring additional fires,” Spilde said.

Smoke wafting into the Rogue Valley is coming mainly from the Jack fire in Douglas County, and the Bootleg fire in Klamath Falls.

“Those two fires are producing quite a bit of smoke,” Spilde said. “You’ll get a little bit in the morning, and then it has a tendency to thin out during the day.”

On Friday afternoon, the Jack fire burning north of Highway 138 and east of Jack Creek Road was at 5,477 acres.

The 637 personnel working the fire face “persistent hotter and drier conditions,” with humidity “below critical levels” and temperatures between 90 and 100 degrees, according to an Inciweb update.

The Bootleg fire burning about 15 miles northwest of Beatty was estimated at 38,892 acres Friday afternoon, according to the fire’s Inciweb page. The 328 personnel working the fire are facing “well above normal temps to continue through the middle of next week,” according to the fire’s weather forecast.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.