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Science behind Oregon Gulch fire's growth

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Fri, August 1 2014 at 5:52 PM, Updated: Fri, August 1 2014 at 6:40 PM

Jackson County, Ore. -- Rob Allen with the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, he says more than 100 fires are burning in our area.

But he says there are a few things different about the Oregon Gulch.

"It's lower down in the area than where the other ones are. A lot of it down there the fuel type that it was in it has grass and brush and opening rolling terrain which allowed it to get up and go."

Another reason the blaze began growing rapidly is because of weather conditions created by the fire.

The hot air produced by the flames pushes cold air upwards.

"Eventually that cold air gets heavier than that warm air that's coming up, and it can push back down on it self and that's how it starts to create it's own winds," Allen said.

And as the winds spread, it adds more oxygen to the fire, making it hotter.      

"When we are in a fire weather warning then, we know we have the potential for a larger fire to happen," Allen said.

While the main priority remains the Oregon Gulch, smoke jumpers, helicopters, and ground crews are working in the higher elevations to make sure those fires don't get out of hand.

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Kyle Aevermann

Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.

Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.

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