Eagle creek fire 2017

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by eric n, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. Mr Dual Sport

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    Was very smokey in places I drove through there Westbound last night. I've heard rumors of the eastbound lanes being closed for almost another month.
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    East bound lanes are scheduled to open up late Sunday or Monday morning.
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  3. 97707

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    As I get it, they figure a perimeter they expect they can get to with a fire line. Then they measure how much of that perimeter they in fact have a line on. That's the percent containment on any day.

    This one is burning in steeps, so the perimeter they look at is gonna be way outside the current burn, where ever they can make access.

    The fire keeps getting bigger till it gets to the line or the backburn.

    'Course with a fire that can jump the Columbia River, there is no line they can build that is sure to hold. So good thing its not still hot and dry.

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  4. MortimerSickle

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    OK, I think I have it: the percentage of containment has nothing to do with how much burns. :D
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  5. Ladukebob

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  7. peterman

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    clearly they are drunks,,
    when it is inside the bottle it is "contained"
    but once it gets beyond that "perimeter" then it's a wildfire. "Have another shot there Barney, and pass me the bottle!"
    I am not looking forward to my first sighting of the burned area. It won't be this weekend,as I had planned, but sometime I will ride upon a shocking scene and I will likely mourn and weep on the spot.
    What needs to be "contained", and placed within a "perimeter", are the mindless fucks that caused this disaster.
    [edit] on the other hand, in todays societal mix, the kids can always lay claim to having caused the biggest and baddest cost of money to the State in history!
    "Yeah,, I did that!,,what the fuck you gonna do about it now?"
    rather be infamous and make a black spot on the calendar than,,,,
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  8. zedx9

    zedx9 Been here awhile

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    This is essentially it....
    Actual size and actual "fire line" that they feel is defensible. That could change with a drastic change of weather.

    @MortimerSickle is right..... It's good until it is'nt:D
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    East- and Westbound is open. All exits are closed between Troutdale and Cascade Locks

    Still smoldering right next to the road, though.
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  10. BSkye

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  12. BSkye

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    Man........ especially that little Wahclella Falls gem ..... we go there at least 4, 5 times a /year, it was especially pretty in winter when it's frozen.
  13. Apple Jam

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    While it is sad to see so much burned, it is not completely devastated at all.
    Bsky's pics show that the top of the steep points are burnt crisp, but the fire appeared to move fast enough on it's way up the hill to not burn everything on the way. Or so it appears to me on last week's drive through the Gorge...
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    I rode back along I84 West yesterday. There were some spots where you could see the fire was stopped at the Interstate, and a few places where it jumped. But most of the ride, you had to look hard for damage immediately near the interstate. There were a number of smoldering spots I could see, some close to the Interstate still. I was glad to see that most of the parks and houses "appeared" to be saved. Was glad to see some of the parks I have used in the past such as Rooster Rock park still looked good, as did Viento...not sure about Ainsworth, but hopefully it made it as well.
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  15. eric n

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    I've been noticing more lately how much 'kindling' there is strewn all over the forest floor. Historically fires have 'managed' fires, with natural, ecological and beneficial results. Our man-made management has disrupted that. I don't know what the solution might be, but I'm pretty sure we can expect a lot more fires in the future.
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  17. zedx9

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    Just drove through some of that here in CO. It's called prescribed fire, natural and human induced landscape. Careful about too much smoke though.......
    If we don't do it, Ma Nature will:D
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    From FB, The burn area is already starting to grow.
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    fireweed will color the hillsides for a while.
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    All right who's been smoking the bear grass ?