The Flat Fire is estimated at nearly 5,500 acres near the Curry County community of Agness. | Photo courtesy of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest


Sky looks odd, right? 

You’re not imagining it. Smoke from the Flat Fire, which our colleague Jessica Cejnar Andrews wrote about this morning on our sister site, Wild Rivers Outpost, is, somewhat strangely, blowing due south as of this writing, obscuring the sun over coastal Del Norte and Humboldt counties.

See below:

Screenshot of smoke map via


There appears to be another layer of smoke coming from Canada, which is having its worst fire season in memory, covering much of the United States with nasty air quality. Thankfully, air quality here in Humboldt County remains in the “good” zone, despite the slight darkening of our precious, light-and-heat giving gas orb.

The Flat Fire began Saturday on U.S. Forest Service land near the southern Oregon community of Agness, where the Illinois River meets the Rogue River, and per the latest update, around 10:30 a.m., the blaze has grown to roughly 5,477 acres.

The National Weather Service has predicted a red flag warning starting at 11 p.m. this evening through 8 a.m. Tuesday for the Western Siskiyou National Forest, the Western Rogue Basin and the Illinois Valley.

Head on over to the Wild Rivers Outpost for more info on suppression efforts.