TODAY'S FORECAST - 8/27/2016
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Mostly sunny and hot inland. Expect low clouds at the coast with skies clearing except right along the beaches later. Expect some high cloudiness at times. Breezy conditions with lowered humidity levels expected for the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the mid to upper 90s for the valleys, 60s at the Coast, and in the 80s to near 90 for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the upper 50s to near 60 for the valleys, low 50s at the Coast, and in the 40s to near 50 for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Colder locations east of the Cascades like Chemult may see lows in the 30s.
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WEATHER SUMMARY DISCUSSION - Presented by Pressure Point Roofing
The data this morning does have changes to it for the longer range out through next weekend and the Labor Day Weekend. But first, we will remain hot for today and tomorrow, but we will be slightly less hot. Instead of getting up to around 100 for the top end, we will be topping out in the upper 90s inland west of the Cascades. The thermal trough is departing to the east and the onshore flow has resumed at the Coast this morning. We saw a pretty decent marine air push that went up the river valleys in Coos and Douglas Counties. It also brought much needed relief for fire fighters trying to get a handle on the High Pass Fire in Lane County in the Coast Range. That fire has low clouds and much higher humidity on it this morning. Fire activity has been knocked down to minimal creeping and smoldering. They ought to progress quickly on it now.
Looking ahead to next week and then the Labor day Weekend. The data this morning had two changes to it. And, as a result, I am not sure many are going to complain. Unless that is being in water was part of your Labor Day weekend plans. The first big change was to drop temps from Tuesday through Labor Day Monday. We are indeed going to be seeing 70s for Medford for the holiday weekend. The mountains and east of the Cascades will see 50s and 60s. The other change is to dry the forecasts out some. The shower chances are still there. But, they are slight ones for the Coast, from Douglas County north, and in the Cascades from Thursday through the holiday weekend. The Rogue and Illinois Valleys are now in the very slight chances. Northern California and east of the Cascades look to stay dry for the most part. Western Siskiyou County and inland Del Norte County may see a stray shower develop, especially over higher terrain. But, we are getting into the fall patterns and all of this may change again by tomorrow morning and those forecasts could go back to having higher chances of showers in them. But there is NO doubt at all that we will be seeing much cooler fall like temps arriving this next coming week.
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STATE PROTECTED LANDS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY ARE AT IFPL 4....TOTAL CLOSURE TO ALL COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND VERY RESTRICTED PUBLIC USE. ODF PROTECTED LANDS IN JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, KLAMATH AND LAKE COUNTIES ARE AT IFPL III....AKA HOOT OWL RESTRICTIONS. INLAND COOS AND CURRY COUNTIES AT IFPL 2 ON ODF PROTECTED LANDS. CAL FIRE PROTECTED LANDS ARE AT IFPL II. THE INLAND PORTIONS OF THE ROGUE SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST LANDS, UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST LANDS, AND THE KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST LANDS ARE AT IFPL III. ALL OTHER BLM, NATIONAL FOREST, NATIONAL PARKS, AND US FISH AND WILDLIFE LANDS ARE AT IFPL II. THIS INCREASES PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL RESTRICTIONS.
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WILDLAND FIRE INFORMATION - 8/27 - 12:00 PM
CLEVELAND RIDGE FIRE - Final report - 5 mileS from Shady Cove in Jackson County on BLM and private lands in the Medford ODF District. 530 acres, 80 percent containment shown at last report. 100 percent lined with either Cat line or Scratch line. The fire is burning in grass, brush, and timber. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire behavior was minimal yesterday with creeping and smoldering. The number of hot spots remaining inside the Cleveland Ridge Fire’s fire line is dwindling as burning vegetation either naturally burns out, or firefighters extinguish them. The day shift’s objective is to put out all hot spots within 300 feet of the fire line, and go farther when it is warranted. The fire remains at 530 acres and is 80 percent contained. Today, 130 firefighters are working on the fire. Last night, 85 firefighters continued the mop-up operation and patrolled the fire perimeter. The number of private contract firefighters assigned to the Cleveland Ridge Fire will continue to decrease this weekend until the final mop-up operation is turned over to seven 10-man crews from the Oregon Department of Corrections. They will be supported by a small fleet of wildland fire engines and water tenders, as well as fallers to cut down hazardous trees. An air tanker, helicopters and bulldozers will be available from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District, based in Central Point.
HIGH PASS FIRE - 10 miles west of Junction City in Lane County. 195 acres, 10 percent contained at last report. The fire is burning in new growth reprod in a previously logged area, and also old growth timber stands. There is brush in the reprod area. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire activity was active yesterday with wind driven runs, torching, and spotting in the morning. It then became moderate in the afternoon with torching and spotting. Today, low clouds and much higher humidity is resulting in minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and isolated single tree torching. It has been a wild 24 hours of extremes in behavior at this fire. Yesterday morning saw very active behavior with wind driven runs, torching, and spotting of up to a mile. Conditions moderated in the afternoon as winds died down. And then overnight a marine air layer came in with low clouds and much higher humidity. And now we have minimal fire activity as a result. This will allow crews to make solid progress today. The low clouds may limit air support early on, but they should clear for the afternoon and evening allowing the 8 helicopters assigned to the incident to get good work in. The winds have shifted now and are coming from the west. This means they will be pushing the fire back on itself and the higher humidity levels will be staying. The size of the fire was mapped last night for the first time. Prior to this it had all just been estimates. Total personnel assigned - 236, with more en route. Total resources assigned as of this morning: hand crews - 9, engines 13, unknown number of water tenders, and bulldozers working. 8 helicopters assigned, with 3 heavy air tankers and 2 SEATS if needed. The fire is under the command of an Oregon IMT 1 with Chris Cline as the IC.
2500 ROAD FIRE- Final report - 3 miles northeast of Depoe Bay in Lincoln County on private timberland in the Toledo ODF District. 202 acres, 90 percent contained at last report. The fire is burning in slash and timber. Cause is under investigation. Minimal fire behavior reported yesterday with creeping and smoldering. Crews have this one wrapped up. Resources will be released en masse today and the fire will be turned over to the property owner for final mop up with their own resources being used, and ODF providing oversight.
RAIL FIRE - burning 5 miles west of Unity in Baker County on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest. 34,390 acres, 55 percent contained. The fire is burning in timber and grass. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is human caused. Fire behavior was moderate yesterday with single tree torching, flanking, and backing. Crews made good progress yesterday extending containment lines on the fire’s southern perimeter. Along the fire’s eastern, northern, and western flanks, fire crews are continuing patrol and mop-up. Repair work is also underway in many of these areas and the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams are in the early stages of addressing post-fire recovery efforts, such as erosion mitigation. Weather for the weekend will remain hot and dry but winds are expected to pick up, with gusts of 25-30 miles per hour. A road closure is in effect for the fire area and multiple nearby roads. A detailed map is available on the inciweb site here. Heading into the weekend, fire managers encourage those planning outdoor adventures to be mindful of fire restrictions in effect, especially campfire restrictions. Fire restrictions for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest are posted here. Restriction information for the Malheur National Forest is posted here. .A Level-1 Pre-Evacuation Advisory has been issued by Grant County for the area of Summit Rock, Elk Creek Campground and the Hunters Creek area. The area extends from Summit Prairie Road, east to the Grant County line and south from the Grant County line three miles to Tub Springs. This was initiated per county policy because the fire is within five miles of the closest residence. In Grant County, Level 1 is a Pre-evacuation advisory used primarily in slow-moving events. At this level, residents are made aware that danger exists and encouraged to monitor the local news outlets for information. Residents with special needs or those with pets or livestock should take note and make preparations for relocation. Beginning today, the Malheur National Forest has banned all campfires, chainsaws, and combustible engines (except motor vehicles) within the Forest boundary. The campgrounds of South Fork, Stevens Creek and Elk Creek, Mammoth Springs have been closed. Total personnel - 894. Hand crews - 27, Engines - 40, Water Tenders - 31, Bulldozers - 7, Skidders - 5, Masticators - 4. Air resources are; 7 - Helicopters. Air tankers are going to be working the fire if needed. An Oregon based Type II IMT has command of this fire with Shawn Sheldon the IC.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Humboldt, Del Norte, Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc, and Siskiyou Counties -
GRADE FIRE- Final report - 2 miles north of Yreka in Siskiyou County on Cal Fire protected lands. 730 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning in grass, brush, and scattered timber, along with juniper. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Cause of the fire is under investigation. 5 homes, and 5 outbuildings were lost to the fire on Wednesday afternoon. 1 other outbuilding was damaged. Resources will be released en masse today with the conclusion of the day shift. The fire will then be turned back over to local based resources to finish mop up and patrol.
TULLEY FIRE - near Weitchpec in Humboldt County on Cal Fire protected lands. 571 acres in size, 25 percent contained at last report. The fire is burning in timber, grass, and brush. Fire behavior was moderate with backing. Cause of the fire is confirmed arson. An arson task force is investigating. Firefighters worked through the night reinforcing control lines and mopping up interior portions of the fire. Extending control lines was difficult due to the steep terrain and hazards presented by falling trees and rolling material. Damage assessments have been completed. An additional residential structure has been discovered, raising the total number of structures destroyed by the Tulley Fire to three; two residential structures and one outbuilding. Residents are advised to watch for slow moving fire apparatus, utilities vehicles and firefighters operating in the area. Total personnel - 1490. Resources assigned; 55 hand crews, 82 engines, 15 water tenders, 17 bulldozers, and 10 helicopters. Air tankers out of Redding are available if needed. The fire is under the command of a Cal Fire type 1 IMT with Kevin Lawson the IC.
RAINFALL SUMMARY FOR MEDFORD AS OF 8/27/2016 . Brought you by Ken Ogawa American Family Insurance
Rainfall for the 24 hours ending at Midnight last night: 0.00
For the month of August the rainfall total is 0.00. That is 0.32 inches below average for the month. Normal rainfall in August for Medford is 0.46 inches.
For the Calendar year: 10.01 inches of rainfall. Normal rainfall in Medford for a calendar year is 18.31 inches. We are 0.05 below average for the year to date.
For the water year since October 1, 2015: 19.77 inches. That is 2.07 inches above average.
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BASS CREATE HEADACHES FOR ODF&W
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife finds itself with quite a quandary at some of our local lakes. At Howard Prairie and Lake of the Woods they would like to plant fingerling rainbows to help repopulate these lakes. However, both lakes are home to large populations of bass. And bass just hammer fingerling rainbows. They are like candy to them.
And there is the quandary.
Bass are classified as gamefish in Oregon. This means they have bag limits size limits, and other types of harvest restrictions. Just like trout. And that creates a big issue for ODF&W. These bass create management issues galore. But, being that they are gamefish they cannot poison them out like they could if they were tui chubs, shiners, or any ot the other kinds of fish that are non gamefish. So they have to just learn to work around the bass. And part of that solution creates a real opportunity for trout anglers!
Oregon Department of Fish and Game has decided that part of the way to address this is to just simply put in bigger rainbows right off the bat. They have been doing this at Howard Prairie and now at Lake of the Woods. Fingerlings are going to be planted in these lakes. But, they will be planted much later in the year. The hope is that the water temp of the lake will be cold enough to have the bass inactive. Cold water does to bass what warm water does to trout. It makes them lethargic and slows their metabolism way down. So, if you put in fingerlings when the water temps are in the 30s and 40s, chances increase for those little rainbows to survive.
But, another method is also being employed. And this one has trout anglers grinning ear to ear. ODF&W is also putting bigger rainbows in more frequently. These are rainbows over 14 inches in size. Many of them will also be those highly prized 18 inchers or bigger going well over a pound. Those fish are more than big enough to hold their own against the bass. The end result is a much better chance for trout anglers to go home happy with a stringer of bragging size rainbows. That has been the case at both Howard Prairie and Lake of the Woods this year. And since both lakes are also open year round for trout fishing, it looks like anglers will have more opportunities to enjoy the enhanced opportunities at both lakes.
Of course one other thing anglers could do at both lakes is this.....catch bass and take them home for dinner. Bass are good eating. Smallmouth bass especially so. If the bass are biting be sure to help out the trout populations by taking your limits of bass. And, that also helps the bass too by helping keep numbers in check. Hyatt Lake is overwhelmed with small largemouth bass running 4 - 8 inches. This has created a huge issue there. ODF&W is taking bass out of Hyatt to be used to populate other bodies of water. BUT! One major issue is that Bucket Biologists are way ahead of ODF&W. A bucket biologist is somebody who takes fish alive and dumps them illegally into a body of water where they may not be native. Bass are very hardy and survive easily being transported in buckets. This method and then natural spread through irrigation canal systems has seen largemouth bass become widely populated in bodies of water throughout Oregon. The same thing has happened with smallmouth bass. Smallmouths are spreading like wildfire across Oregon. And now you can add spotted bass to the list. Spots are smaller variants of largemouth bass. To the untrained eye, many would call them largemouths. But, they are indeed a separate species. And now spots are established in Lost Creek Reservoir. Somebody likely transported them in from Lake Shasta where spots have been for decades. Our local BASS clubs are very worried about the arrival of the spotted bass at Lost Creek. But, once again....bass are not trash fish and there is just now way to get rid of them now. So, they are just going to have to let this one ride out and see what happens.
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From carpet care to upholstery cleaning, A Guaranteed Carpet Cleaning understands how clean carpets and furniture can affect the look of your home. Let them help you today! They serve Medford Oregon and all surrounding areas.They have 24 hour emergency response for when you need them most. Because they know, emergencies happen at anytime.
In addition to the best carpet and upholstery cleaning around, they also offer window cleaning services for both residential and commercial. Talk about a chore nobody likes to do, but must be done. Casey and his crew will take care of many chores that need doing. Also, ask them about the cleaning of your ducts in your AC and Heating systems. You would be amazed at how much stuff can be in there that can affect you and your families' health. Be sure to tell them you saw them at Rogueweather.
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3012 Crater Lake Highway
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When you have so much mud and dirt on the outside of your ride you are not even sure what color it is anymore....yeah that would be a good time to get to Crater Car Wash. Crater Car Wash has a quick drive through car wash that can get your ride sparkling. It can even drop a fresh coat of wax down to help protect it. They can set you up with air fresheners too if the inside is getting on the stinky side. Need to vacuum it out? No problem. They have a lot of vacuums standing by. When it is clean your ride time, it is time fro Crater Car Wash. They are located at the corner of Delta Waters Road and Crater Lake Highway here in Medford. Right across from Sportsman's Warehouse.
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1325 Center Dr #110
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