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Old 08-30-2017   #1
 
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Rogue river smoke

We are heading for a rogue trip this weekend. Looking for any reports on smoke in the canyon. Appreciate any feedback from folks who have been on recently. Thanks for the help
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Old 08-30-2017   #2
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It was less bad in the valley today but forcasted to get worse this weekend.
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Old 08-31-2017   #3
 
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From the 22nd, a lot can change in a week but it was super smoky. Didn't bother us too much though, had a great time.
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Old 08-31-2017   #4
 
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In an effort to help you quasi predict the rogues airshed short term.

Try https://earth.nullschool.net/#curren....15,42.46,3000

The bad areas you see locally there are the Chetco Fire (East and NE of Brookings currently with its smoke headed south away from the Rogue.), and the fires on the Umpqua NF.
Sorry, they didn't sketch in the Rogue Drainage.

The infrared MODIS map:
https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/data/activef...17243_1500.jpg
Shows no large fire activity in the Rogue canyon.
{Red pixels for current 1 kilometer heat.}

I see where Grants Pass is expected to be between 106 and 109 for the first four days of September. The reason why GP is important is that when it gets hot it draws in the moist cool ocean air along the coast. How far that goes up the Rogue I don't know but lower down you could be in fog.

Go float it. You should be fine.
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Old 08-31-2017   #5
 
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Then again, todays Grants Pass skycam looks terrible.

GrantsPassWeather.com - Grants Pass SkyCam Daily Time-Lapse Movie
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Grants Pass wasn't that bad today. Much better than yesterday. I believe it will depend on how sensitive you are to smoke. My family floated from Hog Cr. to Grave Cr. Sunday and it wasn't too bad on the river. Not as bad as in town.

I would go for it.
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Looking at the Horse Prairie Fire,
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5540/
which is only about 18 miles to the N/NE from the Rogue.

Its putting up some heat today.

I'm backing up, looking at predicted winds, and saying you're going to be in a lot of smoke.

Probably.
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Inciweb report for Horse Prairie fire:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5540/
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Ditto.

Plus:

https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/data/activef...17244_1700.jpg

At the time of this posting 23 fires in Oregon were showing red pixels representing substantial heat today.
The good news is the smoke is lowering temperatures and some fire behavior.

More good news.
Possible lightning come Wednesday.
Could be wet or dry.
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Just got off. Floated Tues->Friday. Smokey Tues, smoke cleared Wednesday, some smoke Thursday but not too bad with a beautiful sunset from a high plume passing to the west and a little smokey today. Morning seemed the worst as the smoke settled in the canyon. I wouldn't go if you are smoke sensitive because you never know which way the wind will blow.
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