Smoke from Milepost 97 Fire spreads in Southern Oregon and Northern California

(UPDATED at 3:56 p.m. PDT July 27, 2019)

Below is an updated forecast for the distribution of smoke from the Milepost 97 Fire in Southwest Oregon. One difference from the previous version further down in this article is that not only is it proceeding further south approaching the San Francisco Bay Area, but some of the smoke will be spreading into southern Idaho. The forecast is for 6 p.m. PDT July 27, 2019.

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The forecast for the distribution of wildfire smoke at 6 p.m. PDT July 27, 2019. Click to enlarge.

(Originally published at 7:15 a.m. PDT July 27, 2019)

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Map from Purple Air showing air quality at locations in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Cities and states identified in black by Wildfire Today.

Smoke from the 8,878-acre Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville, Oregon is affecting the air quality in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Some of the cities in Oregon affected are Grants Pass, Medford, and Ashland. And in California, Yreka, Weed, Mt. Shasta, and Redding.

Click here for more information about the Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville, Oregon.

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California and Southern Oregon air quality at 6 a.m. PDT July 27, 2019, by AirNow.
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Forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 10 a.m. PDT July 27, 2019.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

30 thoughts on “Smoke from Milepost 97 Fire spreads in Southern Oregon and Northern California”

  1. I live by keswick dam and it’s hazy with drift smoke and low smoke near by, I thought there was a fire close by but it doesn’t smell strong. The sun light is filtering through the smoke.

  2. We live in Lake Shastina (Weed) we can’t even see Mount Shasta from our windows..which is, as a rule beautifully looming large. Matter of fact we can’t see any of the lesser mountain ranges around us, the air quality is poor and it smells strong of smoke!

  3. Keep an eye on the air quality, especially if you have a higher risk of heart disease.
    Good resource: cleanairresources.com/tools/aqi_lookup

    1. Here in Mccloud, it’s thick and heavy! Scary, haven’t seen mt Shasta I. Two days. God bless all fire fighters.

  4. I’m near Grants Pass & the Mile 55 exit Highway 5.

    We had the smoke lift almost completely in late afternoon, on Saturday.

    It was smokey as late as 2 or 3 PM, when the air conditioning kicked on and I turned it off because it was bringing in smoke.

    So as of 6 PM, the skies are blue etc.

    The Accuweather for Canyonville says the wind is still blowing from the North.

    If I am interpreting that right, the rate of smoke production has dropped off one heck of a lot, because the wind is still blowing from the North, to the South, from Mile 97 to Mile 55.

    “8 North” and “5 NNW” are 2 of the hourly readings. The one time I looked it up, it said that means, from North to South (or NNW to SSE).

    https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/canyonville-or/97417/hourly-weather-forecast/335294

    The first time since the first smoke arrived, that we can use the A/C & house fan.

  5. We drove right through it while it was happening and you can see the Smokey red sky and heavy smoke leading up to the mountains and foothills while it was spreading.. I couldn’t drive through that area without choking.,, I hope everyone is ok in the areas affected by it.. it made our drive from California to Washington pretty scary because I had children in the car and when the fire was burning, you could see how fast it was spreading.. :-/

  6. At times heavy smoke in Grants Pass.

    The 2002? Biscuit fire near Cave Junction sent heavy smoke down into the Bay area. I was doing a job at a school in Danville and the smoke at times was so heavy l could barely see a small hill a mile away.

  7. White City, yesterday morning and this morning hazy smoke around the edges of the Rogue Valley. Unfortunately afternoon winds yesterday brought the smoke back filling the Valley again. We always have afternoon winds here, so enjoying the somewhat clear morning while we can.

  8. And then the smoke came back Sunday morning.

    What happened ? – to clear the air so thoroughly Saturday late afternoon.

  9. I live in Canyonville, one mile north of where the fire started and we have had little to NO smoke whatsoever. I feel so bad for everyone being affected by this smoke! Cheers to all fighting this fire!

  10. What’s it like in Ashland? We will be in Ashland for two weeks starting on 8/5/19.
    Last year we where there during the Smokey time.

  11. Today is the 31st , can anyone tell me what the wind will be doing with the smoke over the next couple of days in the area of Weed, Mt Shasta, etc?

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