Smoke from Northern California’s deadly Camp Fire likely will blow into Southern Oregon this evening, but the dip in air quality will not rival the summer wildfire season, meteorologists say.
“I’d call it more of an intense haze,” said meteorologist Charles Smith of the National Weather Service office in Medford. “But it’s going to be nothing like we saw last summer.”
However, Smith said, the haze could reduce air quality to moderate and unhealthy for sensitive groups, but nothing close to the unhealthy or dangerous levels that occurred in Southern Oregon in July and early August.
North winds were expected to blow the haze across the border this evening and into the Rogue Valley tonight, Smith said.
Medford’s air quality was listed as good this morning, with moderate readings already recorded elsewhere in the region, Smith said.
The Camp fire already is the deadliest wildfire in California history, a raging inferno that has killed at least 42 as it wiped out the town of Paradise near Chico, according to the Forest Service.
The fire began Nov. 8 and, fueled by intense north winds, it raced through dry fuels and by late this morning had grown to 125,000 acres with just 30 percent containment. As of today, 6,453 residences have been destroyed. Firefighters from the Rogue Valley, elsewhere in Oregon and eight others states have joined suppression efforts.