Posted JULY 18
Unfortunately, what we have been expecting since our dry spring, is happening now. Oregon has exploded with lightning-caused forest and range fires. Taxing weary firefighters are 15 blazes, ranging from a few hundred acres to over
275,000 (final containment at 395,700 acres) (in the Mahleur area).
Fishing related, there is a very serious fire burning in the famed Metolius River valley, with the area from Allen Springs all the way to the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook threatened. Also, a major fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation has closed 31 miles of the Deschutes River to recreation, and the fire itself has jumped the river.
I have not been paying attention, but certainly this scenario is being repeated all over the western USA. We started covering this situation last September 2013 in this blog post “How Dry is the West“. The prospects have not improved a whit.
This summer, in Oregon and Washington, over 1,642 fires (more than half human-caused) have consumed over 485,000 acres. In the last five days, daily lightning storms and fire starts in the high country have made local fishing and camping a risky endeavor. One of those thunder and lightning storms was described as “Wrath of God stuff” to give you an idea.
Local coverage of the fires is best seen at: http://www.ktvz.com/
The master government fire monitoring site is at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/