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Smoke From Oregon Fires Creeps Into Willamette Valley


The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, or LRAPA, says some smoke from fires in Warm Springs and Klamath Falls has made it to the Willamette Valley. Parts of the Eugene/ Springfield area are reporting “moderate” air quality.



The S-503 fire in Warm Springs had grown to 6,200 acres as of Monday morning. It’s the largest fire in Oregon currently. And the Cutoff Fire burning east of Klamath Falls is about 1,500 acres.


Fire officials are concerned about a red flag warning for southern Oregon due to thunderstorms forecast for Tuesday. The National Weather Service says that will affect Medford, Ashland, and parts of Northern California.


LRAPA advises checking a new website fire.airnow.govfor the latest air quality information.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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