(This post spans two days to compare landscapes with and without the effects of wildfire smoke.)
September 16, 2017
Nature is injured… today, wafts of her pain drifted sixty-five miles to remind of her peril. Eyes tear, breath is stifled as smoke from the Eagle Creek wildfire burning in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is carried west in the winds.
Data on the Oregon Smoke Information map is not good. The air quality where I live, in Hillsboro, is unhealthy. The smell of burnt trees lingers all day. The sun rose and set today- each distorted by an eerie film of smoke.
The good news in flushing of smoke to the west is that first-responders and residents of towns near the fire zone will have a bit of relief. According to an Smoke Forecast Outlook 09-16-17–
This morning AQ is observed to be USG or worse for
most areas near the fire. Later today the ridge shifts east,
expect better mixing, the easterly flow will push smoke
down the Gorge and west.
September 16, 2017
September 18, 2017
Much anticipated RAIN! The Inciweb report this morning is cautiously optimistic. As fire dangers decline… new hazard warnings arrive on the shoulders of rain.
A cold front moved over the fire Sunday night, bringing significant precipitation. Showers, heavy at times, are predicted Monday and Tuesday, with another significant front moving over the fire Wednesday. As precipitation falls across the fire new hazards may emerge, including falling rock and trees on steep slopes and cliffs. If heavier precipitation hits later this week, debris flows are possible in smaller streams and channels.
A break between rain events. Look how the rains have rinsed away the smudge of smoke from the air in Hillsboro. Fresh air is back on Glencoe Swale and throughout the region. This is good news. The toil of nearly a month of intense wildfire-fighting is eased with the help of Nature. I admire Her determination to heal.
Much gratitude to personnel who continue to persist in putting out this tragic fire-
Resources Assigned: 16 crews (1-Type 1, 8-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 23 Engines; 7 Helicopters; 2 Dozers; 3 Water Tenders; 626 Personnel
To date- Eagle Creek Fire Size: 48,387 acres
Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 32%
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