Q: Driving from the coast toward Grants Pass Oct. 14, we saw a column of smoke that appeared to rise 5,000 to 10,000 feet west of Grants Pass, with smoke spreading over Grants Pass and the surrounding area. We saw the smoke at a distance of 10 to 15 miles. When we got close, there was a broad base of active burning based on where the smoke was rising. Was this really just a prescribed burn?
A: We can all still be a little jumpy about seeing smoke in the sky here in the Rogue Valley, even in the middle of October. Even the slow-burning Fry Peak fire that sparked Sunday was a reminder that fire knows no season.
Chamise Kramer, spokeswoman for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, said we can calm our nerves somewhat, however….