Today is back to school day for so many of our local students. Please be extra careful around schools and in neighborhoods that kids will be passing through to get to school. Be watching out for school buses on the roads. Be sure to slow down and be ready to stop when those lights start flashing yellow. Police will be out in force in school zones and following along with buses so expect enhanced enforcement from them in school zones and with buses.
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Mostly sunny. Areas of smoke especially for Northern California and east of the Cascades. Expect breezy to windy conditions this afternoon for the Cascades and Siskiyou County in Northern California. This could result in increased activity for the 790 Fire in the Cascades, and for the fires in Siskiyou County. Highs will be near 90 for the valleys, with 80s for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the mid 50s for the valleys and in the 40s to the low 50s for the mountains and east of the Cascades.
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM TONIGHT UNTIL 11 PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR EASTERN DEL NORTE COUNTY, EASTERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY, AND WESTERN SISKIYOU COUNTY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, INCLUDING THE HAPPY CAMP COMPLEX AND THE JULY COMPLEX AND CENTRAL AND EASTERN CURRY COUNTY, EXTREME SOUTHERN COOS COUNTY, ALL OF JOSEPHINE COUNTY, AND EXTREME WESTERN, AND SOUTHERN JACKSON COUNTY IN THE SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE APPLEGATE VALLEY.
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY UNTIL 11 PM WEDNESDAY FOR THE SOUTHERN OREGON CASCADES FROM GLACIER PEAK SOUTH TO THE CALIFORNIA BORDER INCLUDING THE 790 FIRE AREA AND THE GREENSPRINGS PLATEAU.
The National Weather Service Office has issued a Red Flag Warning for the above areas due to the expected combination of gusty winds along with low humidity levels. The conditions will create very active fire behavior on existing fires including the 790 Fire, Happy Camp Complex, and the July Complex. Plume dominated fire behavior is possible with a Haines Index of High 6 for the Cascades during that Red Flag Warning period. Haines levels of at least 5 can be expected for the remaining areas under warning. New fire starts with have rapid rates of spread with the conditions expected.
Winds will gust 10 - 20 miles an hour with stronger gusts to 30 miles an hour possible for the areas in Northern California, and Curry, Coos, Jackson, and Josephine Counties.
This Red Flag Warning replaces the previous fire weather watch that was in effect over these areas.
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST, AND EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST OREGON.
The National Weather Service Office in Medford, Oregon has issued a fire weather watch for the above areas. It is possible that winds could gust to 20 miles an hour and low humidity levels could become very low at less than 20 percent. If these conditions developed, they would fuel rapid growth for new fire starts in the watch area.
This watch is for advisory purposes. A Red Flag Warning is likely for the watch area if the possible conditions appear to become likely to develop.
WEATHER SUMMARY DISCUSSION:
So far the data is showing us that September is looking like it will be a continuation of what we have seen for July and August. Hot and dry is the going trend in the forecasts through the weekend. Today is looking to be a bit cooler than yesterday was and Wednesday will be cooler still. This is in response to the passage of a weak trough through the area. Besides lowering temperatures, this trough is going to create some windy conditions at the Coast, and then inland over the higher terrain. Those winds will be hitting both the 790 Fire and the fires in Siskiyou County this afternoon through Wednesday. We could be seeing the fires increase in activity as result. Seeing the big pyrocumulus clouds off the fires, especially the Happy Camp Complex Fires and the Man Fire in the July Complex would not be a surprise at all. A fire weather watch is up for those areas for this afternoon through Wednesday night for gusty winds and low humidity levels. I would expect that will be changed to a Red Flag Warning if those winds happen.
The trough will pass to the east on Thursday, and it looks like it will trigger an offshore wind flow over at the Coast. Thursday and Friday are expected to be downright hot there. In similar situations in the past, Brookings has hit 100. Not sure if they will hit that this time, but 90 plus looks like a very safe bet for Thursday there. And this looks to be one of those times where the entire Coast sees warm to hot temperatures. This will not be just a localized event to the Brookings area as is so often the case. It will be hotter there, but readings in the 80s to near 90 can be expected all up and down the Coast of Oregon. Fire danger will increase for the Coastal Areas and the Western Slopes of the Coast Range with these conditions. The heat begins to diminish on Friday and by Sunday temps will be back to where they normally are in the 60s.
For areas inland, we also see the return of heat on Thursday. Medford looks to hit 96 on Thursday, and then we go higher in to the upper 90s for Friday and Saturday. Temps drop to the low to mid 90s for Sunday. After that we are still waiting to see what the next incoming trough will do that is expected to arrive in the Northwest for early next week. This is the one that might even bring us a look at some rain early next week. It will be cooling us down. But, for how long? The data is looking more like this is going to be brief respite from the heat because the models are already pointing to us returning hot weather and highs in the 90s by the end of next week.
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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has made a major change to the season and limits for Mourning Doves. Years of study and tracking have shown that not only is Oregon's populations of doves very stable...it is increasing. With that data in hand, Oregon's Mourning Dove season will begin as it traditionally does on Monday September 1st, but it will now run through October 30th adding a month to the season. Bag limits increase to 15 daily, and 45 in possession. The harvest patterns are not likely to change. The biggest majority of doves taken are shot on opening day of the season. That is expected to remain the same. But, by extending the season it is thought that it will result in more opportunities for hunters and more doves harvested. The population can stand it. The studies also revealed that the Eurasian Collared Dove is expanding rapidly in numbers west of the Cascades as well. The Eurasian Collared Dove is bigger than the Mourning Dove. It is found in similar areas. As an invasive species officially, there is no season or bag limits on these doves. You are allowed to hunt them every day of the year. You only need a valid hunting license.
Mt. Ashland has seen many changes in the past few months. Kim Clark was let go as general manager, (He has since been hired by the Bluewood Ski Area in Washington State), and a new Executive Director / Manager of Operations has been hired in the person of Hiram Towie previously of Sunday River, Maine.
But, it was a decision by the board of the Mt. Ashland Association that really got skiers and riders cheering when it was announced that after years, the Student Season Pass for those attending Southern Oregon University is coming back. The Student Pass will be $299, and will be available September 1st. The move to restore it will only generate good will for the mountain. I join those applauding the decision to bring this pass back because it never should have gone away in the first place. Well done MAA Board.
White's Country Farm
3939 West Main Street (at the corner of Arnold Lane near Jacksonville)
541 - 773 - 8031
The owners of White's, Mark and Linda, took it over in April, 2006. White's first produce stand dates back to the 1970's, and the White family is pleased that the tradition continues with Mark and Linda who are the perfect fit to keep White's good reputation and operation running successfully. White's is always the best place to find locally raised fruits and vegetables. Linda was born and raised in England and enjoys surrounding herself with a taste of home. At White's, you'll find a large selection of her handpicked favorite imported English goods which are always popular. She also turns out wonderful baked goods that you just have to try. She specializes in traditional English country comfort food that is second to none. Her chicken pot pies are fabulous! White's Country Farm's emphasis is on providing customers with top quality fruit along with superior customer service. Offering organic, fresh, local merchandise is Mark and Linda's top priority. "We work hard to ensure that our products are of the highest quality at all times," says Mark. Make sure you give them a try if you want the best and freshest fruit and vegetables with the emphasis on locally raised.
Perl Funeral Home and Siskiyou Memorial Park
2100 Siskiyou Blvd.
541 - 772 - 5488
The one thing none of us want to think about, is the one thing none of us can avoid: the end of life. All of us, one day, will face that. There are dozens of important decisions to be made: cremation or burial? What cemetery? What kind of casket or urn? What kind of memorial service? Where? Confronting these choices is difficult for a grieving family, but you can make things easier on your loved ones by pre-planning with Perl Funeral Home and Siskiyou Memorial Park. Perl and Siskiyou's caring staff can work with you to plan the details of your cremation or burial plan and help ensure your wishes are followed and your family is spared the challenge of making decisions in their grief. Additionally, by making your prearrangements, you will save your family hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars in cremation or burial expenses.
I can personally attest to this. My grandmother passed away a few years ago, and while the family was wondering, "What next?" we received a call from Perl's staff. They let us know that Grandma had made all her arrangements with Perl and Siskiyou herself, down to the last detail. All we had to do was show up and remember her. Everything else had been handled by Grandma and the staff at Perl and Siskiyou. We did not have to make any decisions or pay any additional money. It was a wonderful, final gift Grandma left for us.
You can do this too. Perl and Siskiyou offer the lowest prices for cremation and burial services, but the highest level of service and care. Compassionate care, gracious grounds, and respectful remembrance. You will have it all when you use Perl and Siskiyou for end of life needs. When you call, ask for Kristi or Jammie and they will help you give your family peace of mind.
6808 Table Rock Road
Central Point, Oregon
541 - 826 - 3485
Flowerland Nursery is a local family operated business that has grown general nursery stock in the Rogue Valley for over 3 decades. They grow their own plants on site, cutting out the middle man, so Flowerland can pass savings on to their customers. At Flowerland it is about offering high quality products adapted to conditions here in the Rogue Valley. They have a wide variety of all types of vegetation. Everything from ground cover plants to trees for shade and decoration. They also feature fruit trees of all kinds. In addition, Flowerland has everything you need for your vegetable gardens. They have starter plants. Flowerland has colorful hanging floral baskets and can advise you on using baskets for growing vegetables, herbs, and strawberries too. You get a lot of great ideas, and tons of knowledge here. Flowerland is open every day. They are right on Table Rock Road near White City. Come out and see Glenn, Sharon, John, Julie and their resident meeter & greeter "Joey dog"
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