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FORECAST FOR 7/31/2015 

Mostly sunny and very hot. Expect widespread smoke and haze from fires in Northern California. A chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the mountains, east of the Cascades, and in Northern California. A slight chance for an isolated storm in the valleys of Southwest Oregon this evening. Storms that form are not expected to produce significant wetting rainfall. Storms are likely to produce gusty outflow winds. Highs will be 107 - 110 for the valleys, and near 100 to the low 100s for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the low 70s for the valleys, and in the 60s for the mountains and east of the Cascades.


HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH 11 PM SATURDAY FOR INLAND PORTIONS OF OREGON

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory due to hot temperatures during the day followed by very warm conditions in the overnight hours providing little relief.

A ridge has built in over the region bringing in hot air from the Desert Southwest. Temperatures are going to be near 100 for the northern Willamette Valley, to the low 100s for the southern Willamette Valley. Inland valleys of Southwestern Oregon will be seeing highs ranging from 106 - 110 again today and 102 - 105 on Saturday. East of the Cascades highs are expected to be in the upper 90s approaching 100, with triple digits likely for the Pendleton, Hermiston, La Grande, and Ontario areas.

Follow all heat precautions during this time. Drink plenty of water avoiding alcoholic, caffeinated, or sugary beverages. Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun between 12 pm and 7 pm. Wear sunscreens of at least 30 spf. Check on elderly neighbors, especially on those in homes without air conditioning. Never leave children or pets in vehicles. Provide plenty of shade and water for animals outside.


RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH 9 PM TONIGHT FOR EASTERN COOS COUNTY AND ALL OF DOUGLAS COUNTY INCLUDING THE CABLE CROSSING FIRE AND STOUT CREEK FIRE AREAS IN SOUTHWEST OREGON.

The National Weather Service office in Medford, Oregon has issued a Red Flag Warning for the above areas due to expected low humidity levels near 10 percent this afternoon and early evening along with a Haines Index of 6 which will be conducive to plume dominated fire behavior. This will lead to very active to possibly extreme fire behavior at the Cable Crossing and Stouts Creek Fires and would contribute to increased ignition possibility of new fires, and then rapid rates of spread. Winds are also likely this afternoon and evening. Gusts should remain below 20 miles an hour. But, coupled with low humidity rates and the Haines of 6........running, torching, and crowning would be expected fire behaviors.

In addition, there is a threat for thunderstorms in the eastern portion of Douglas County this afternoon and evening. These storms are expected to produce frequent lightning striking very dry fuels. Very little rainfall is expected with these storms. Gusty outflow winds will help cause rapid rates of spread on new fire starts, and will cause erratic behavior on existing fires.


RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH 11 PM TONIGHT FOR THE SOUTHERN CASCADES AND THE SISKIYOUS MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHERN OREGON

The National Weather Service office in Medford, Oregon has issued a Red Flag Warning for the above areas due to expected development of thunderstorms with frequent lightning striking very dry fuels. The storms that will form will produce little to no rainfall. Numerous new fire starts that overwhelm initial response capability are expected. Additionally, gusty outflow winds will cause new fire starts to spread rapidly, and create erratic behavior on established fires.


Need the forecast for the next week? Get it here on the Line X of Southern Oregon Weekly forecast page!


IN THE NEWS.....OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE ENACTS EMERGENCY CLOSURES TO HELP SALMON, STEELHEAD, STURGEON, AND TROUT WITH HIGH WATER TEMPERATURES IN RIVERS AND STREAMS. SEE STORY DOWN BELOW


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The data this morning is a nightmare. We have gone from bad to worse. We have the very hot conditions in store for us again today. Roseburg's all time hottest recorded temperature ever is 109. That was set on July 20th, 1946. That same day Medford set it's all time hottest recorded temperature mark of 116. Roseburg will have a shot to tie, or even break it's all time record high today. It is going to be that kind of a day. But now comes the worse news. We did see monsoonal moisture make it up into our area late yesterday. A couple isolated thunderstorms did pop in Southern Siskiyou County. These were dry storms. Lightning from them has ignited new fires to our south. That same thing happened in other parts of Northern California as weak shortwave went through that had just enough juice to get isolated storms popping. The door is now wide open for that kind of activity to arrive in Southern Oregon today. The Cascades and Siskiyous have the best chance for storms, so Red Flag Warnings went up there. But, just about any place in the area could see a storm this afternoon or evening. And sadly, the storms look to be dry. They are not going to produce much if any rainfall. Gusty outflow winds from the storms would cause any new fire starts to spread quickly, and established fires will see erratic fire behavior. The heat and low humidity were already producing dangerous fire conditions, and now this. Obviously most of you have heard about the Stouts Creek Fire in Southern Douglas County. That fire just exploded in size as the conditions caused it to have extreme fire behavior. It was burning at the rate of a thousand acres an hour for a time late yesterday afternoon and into the evening. Those same conditions will be present today. I would expect very active to extreme fire behavior from both the Cable Crossing and Stouts Creek fires.

There is plenty of smoke and haze over Southern Oregon this morning, but that is coming from the fires in Northern California. The smoke from the fires in Douglas County is largely being transported out of the area. The smoke and haze will be thick enough to provide a screening effect of the sun. But, that will not hold temperatures down. We might see smoke from the fires in Douglas County impact the Rogue and Illinois Valleys as we get to Sunday and then next week as we will see a wind shift. And, who knows what knew fires might get started and take off over the next three days. Depending on what the lightning does, we could have a lot of new fires to contend with. It seems almost certain there will be new major fires to deal with. 

The only good news I can offer comes on Sunday. It does look like we will see wetter thunderstorms happening then. That is going to be very welcome rainfall indeed where it happens. And, in even better news, a trough is going to push across the area next week. This will bring an end to the heat wave. It will usher in cooler temps with much higher humidity levels. That will be a huge help to fire fighters. It looks like we will be in the upper 80s for highs for Thursday and Friday next week. At this time the forecasts keep skies sunny and we do not have much of a thunderstorm threat. The one negative next week would likely be smoke from fires in the area. But where that smoke will be worst is something we just cannot tell right now.


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IN OREGON THE FIRE DANGER LEVEL IS AT EXTREME IN DOUGLAS COUNTY, JACKSON, AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RESTRICTIONS IN SOUTHERN OREGON. 





IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE FIRE DANGER LEVEL IS AT HIGH. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS OR CAL FIRE FOR CURRENT REGULATIONS.





MAJOR FIRE UPDATES -

OREGON:

CABLE CROSSING: Douglas County near Glide. The fire is burning on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association / Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire has burned 830 acres, and is 15 percent contained at last report. The fire is burning in timber and logging slash. There was very active plume dominated fire behavior yesterday with running, group torching and spotting. Oregon IMT 3 has command of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is human caused. A Red Flag Warning is up for the fire area through 9 pm for humidity levels at 10 percent along with a Haines Index of 6. In addition, thunderstorms with gusty winds could impact the fire today. More plume dominated behavior is expected. Heat is going to be a major factor on the fire as high temps today will be in the 104 - 107 range. Fire fighter safety due to heat related issues is going to be a major concern for the next three days. Firefighters are working round the clock under extreme fire behavior conditions to stay ahead of the Cable Crossing Fire. Following two consecutive days of Red Flag Warning weather, that brings high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds. Supported by a host of helicopters, retardant dropping air tankers, bulldozers and engines, fire crews made considerable progress under extreme temperatures. Objectives were accomplished by holding established containment lines on the north and west end of the fire. With the fire pushing to the south and east, crews kept up with spot fires before they could gain any momentum. The day shift set a nice table for crews working through the night when the fire activity is expected to subside under cooler conditions. The Red Flag Warning is predicted to stay in place through the weekend with a chance of thunderstorms. Resources assigned to the fire; hand crews - 33, engines - 15, water tenders - 6, bulldozers - 4, helicopters - 6. Air tankers are also working the fire out of both Roseburg and Medford. Total personnel - 785

NEW FIRE - STOUTS CREEK: Douglas County near Milo. The fire is burning on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association / Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire has burned 6000 acres, and is zero percent contained at last report. The fire is burning in timber, logging slash, and brush. Extreme fire behavior seen yesterday with plume dominated sustained runs, crowning, group torching, and long range spotting. Oregon IMT 1 will take command of the fire this morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is human caused. A Red Flag Warning is up for the fire area through 9 pm for humidity levels at 10 percent along with a Haines Index of 6. In addition, thunderstorms with gusty winds could impact the fire today. More plume dominated behavior is expected. Heat is going to be a major factor on the fire as high temps today will be in the 104 - 107 range. Fire fighter safety due to heat related issues is going to be a major concern for the next three days. The Stout Creek Fire, located approximately 11 miles east of Canyonville near the community of Milo was reported Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and numerous volunteer fire departments responded to the fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fast moving fire already several acres in size. Hot, windy conditions combined with very dry fuels caused the fire to grow extremely fast and sparked numerous spot fires in front of the main fire. The intensity of the main fire, combined with the numerous spot fires in front of itself, caused the Stouts Fire to “blow up,” going from several hundred acres to approximately 6,000 acres in a matter of hours. The last size up received last night put the fire at nearly 9000 acres in size. IR mapping is going to be done which will give a much better picture of the size of the fire. The entire Stouts Creek drainage has burned out. That much is known. Several homes in the area were threatened by the fire, however no homes have been burned. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Creek Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane. A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville. Resources assigned include; hand crews - 7, engines - 17, water tenders - 9, bulldozers - 6, helicopters - 4. Air tankers are working the fire out of both Medford and Roseburg and will continue to do so today. The large air tankers are flying from Medford. SEATs are flying from Roseburg. Total personnel - 237


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, (SISKIYOU, MODOC, TRINITY, HUMBOLDT, AND DEL NORTE COUNTIES):

At this time, there is no major fire burning in the area we cover. However, just to the south there are active fires going. Some of them were detailed yesterday, here is where they stand this morning.

SWEDES FIRE: off Swedes Flat Rd, 3 miles north of Bangor in Butte Co. It is 400 acres and 60% contained. Evacuations were dropped, but road closures are still in effect. The fire was reduced in size when it was accurately mapped. 

ROCKY FIRE: east of Lower Lake in Lake County. It is now 15,000 acres, and 5 percent contained. Evacuations and road closures in place. The fire has burned very actively since it began on Wednesday. This fire is the chief source of the smoke over Southern Oregon and Northern California.

CHINA FIRE: off China Gulch near Happy Valley, SW of Redding in Shasta Co. 2 fires at 212 acres & 80% contained. It is confirmed that at least one home was destroyed by this fire. 

All of these fires are under Cal Fire command. They are also all human caused incidents. They are under investigation as to exact cause. In addition to these fires, there are three other major fires in California at this time. The Willow Fire in the Central Sierra east of Fresno is listed at 3,383 acres in size, It is 30 percent contained. The Lowell Fire in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento is now at 2,303 acres and is 75 percent contained. The Wragg fire burning in the Coast Range near Winters is up to 8,051 acres. It is however 87 percent contained. 

Additionally, dry lightning storms struck Northern California yesterday afternoon and evening. At last count nearly 90 fires have been reported. Crews are scrambling to get to them all to keep them small. More thunderstorms are in the forecasts for today and tomorrow.



RAINFALL SUMMARY FOR MEDFORD AS OF 7/31/2015 


Rainfall for the 24 hours ending at Midnight last night: 0.00

For the month of July the rainfall total is 0.29. This is 0.02 below normal for the date. Normal rainfall in July for Medford is 0.31 inches. 

For the Calendar year: 7.43 inches of rainfall. Normal rainfall in Medford for a calendar year is 18.75 inches. We are 2.31 inches below average for the calendar year to date. 

For the water year since October 1: 14.28 inches. This is 3.10 inches below average to the date. 



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IN THE NEWS:

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY CLOSURES IN RIVERS AND STREAMS TO PROTECT SALMON, STEELHEAD, AND TROUT.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced emergency restrictions over most of the state designed to protect salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and trout.

Effective July 18th, angling for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and trout is closed daily after 2 pm until 1 hour before sunrise the following day in most of Oregon. Locally there are two sections of the Rogue River not affected by this action. One is the Upper Rogue from Fishers Ferry upstream to the hatchery. The other is the lower Rogue River in the tidewater area.

The closure was announced due to extremely warm water temps that place undue stress on fish and lead to high mortality rates for fish that are hooked and released, or fish that are hooked and not landed.

Click here to the link to the ODF&W website on the matter.



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RogueWeather.com is based in Medford, Oregon. The founder, Greg Roberts is the forecaster. Greg has nearly 30 years of weather forecasting experience, specializing in severe weather events. Greg has received training from a variety of sources, including the University of Oklahoma. 

Greg volunteers as a Skywarn weather observer for the National Weather Service. This has lead to many hours out in the field storm chasing and getting up close with the storms he loves. 

Greg also served as a wildland and municipal fire fighter and EMT. While a fire fighter he earned many certifications including Engine Company Officer and Incident Commander for wildland fires. His weather knowledge was useful on wildland fires he worked in Oregon and Northern California. Greg still consults with various fire departments, and also for private wildland fire fighting companies on fire related matters.


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