Smoke blankets Oregon as heat soars to dangerous levels

Temperatures were reaching 105 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, according to the National weather Service.

Posted: Aug 9, 2018 5:25 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A layer of smoke blanketed much of Oregon as a heat wave sent temperatures soaring to dangerous levels.

Temperatures were reaching 105 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, according to the National weather Service. In the Central Oregon town of Bend, temperatures were 20 degrees above average for this time of year.

Gov. Kate Brown said 11 large fires are burning in Oregon. The smoke smudged the skies in the Willamette Valley and made the snowcapped peaks of the Cascade Range barely visible. Fire season starts earlier every year, and Brown blamed that and the heat wave on climate change. She vowed to do everything she can to reduce use of fossil fuels, which contributes to global warming.

Brown said that like many Oregonians, she has been feeling the heat, with no air conditioning in her private home and only one room in the governor's mansion having AC.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4302

Reported Deaths: 154
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah117159
Marion97326
Washington74317
Clackamas31711
Deschutes1270
Umatilla1203
Linn1179
Polk10012
Lane773
Yamhill707
Jackson670
Benton555
Clatsop450
Jefferson440
Klamath440
Malheur320
Coos310
Douglas270
Wasco241
Josephine241
Hood River180
Columbia160
Lincoln150
Morrow120
Curry70
Union60
Tillamook60
Crook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00
Eugene
Few Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 49°
Corvallis
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 49°
Roseburg
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 49°
North Bend
Overcast
47° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 45°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events