Central Oregon is blanketed in a smoky haze tonight as smoke from out-of-area wildfires settled across the high desert. Bend, La Pine, Sunriver and Sisters are all in the “unhealthy” air quality range and Prineville and Madras are currently in the “moderate” range.
Two fires on the Willamette National Forest including the now 1,700~ Middle Fork Complex and a fire in the Mt. Washington Wilderness made runs today in continued hot and dry conditions and much of the smoke from those fires is drifting into Central Oregon this evening.
The small fires in Central Oregon right now are the Harvey Gap Fire on the Ochoco National Forest and the Keller Springs Fire on Oregon Department of Forestry protected private lands near Opal Mountain. Both fires are under 2 acres.
The Deep Creek and Johnson Ridge Fires remain 95% contained tonight and fire behavior is minimal.
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You can also visit airnow.gov for real-time air quality information.