Air Quality Summary August 15, 2013
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
Air quality levels in much of SW Oregon continued a slow degradation yesterday, although all reporting stations still maintained levels in the Good to Moderate range. Hard hit locations without monitoring stations were the South Umpqua River Valley (westward from the Whiskey Fire toward Canyonville) and Rogue River valleys near the active burn locations, as well as a number of other smaller river valleys in Douglas County north of the Whiskey Complex. Many of these valleys are not clearing out until early afternoon. The Klamath Basin and Crater Lake areas began to see smoke settling in from the northern California fires as previously forecast. Ashland was hit with a slug of smoke in the mid-afternoon which cleared up quickly by the evening hours.