Smoke from several fires in Oregon has begun drifting into the Northstate, causing hazy skies and the faint scent of wildfire in Siskiyou and Shasta Counties.
Oregon Department of Forestry information officer Rod Nichols said the 7,000 acre Tumblebug Complex, located east of Eugene in the Willamette National Forest, and the 9,400 acre Boze Fire, located near Tiller in the Umpqua National Forest, are releasing large amounts of smoke. The fires were the result of lightning from storms that passed over the area on Sept. 12 and 13, Nichols said.
The fires are five percent and ten percent contained, respectively, Nichols said.
Extreme weather conditions caused the Tumblebug Complex to double in size on Wednesday, Sept. 23, according to the ODF website.
“The fires are burning heavy timber, creating high energy release,” Nichols said. “A change in wind direction has made smoke drift into Southern Oregon and Northern California... it’s travelling long distances.”
The 190 acre South County Complex, which consists of the 190 acre Siskiyou Fire southwest of Ashland, Ore. and the 630 acre Deer Ridge Fire east of Medford are expected to be contained by the evening of Sept. 24, the ODF website states. The cause of the South County Complex has not yet been determined.