At the time this is being written, Oregon’s gorgeous and historic Columbia Gorge is on fire on both sides of the Columbia River. It’s called the Eagle Creek Fire and authorities think it was started by morons playing with fireworks in a dry forest.
Cities on both sides of the Columbia Gorge are being evacuated since the fire has burned down to Interstate 84 on the Oregon side and is threatening Highway 14 in Washington and the towns of Stevenson and Carson.
Ash is raining on Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington to the West.
The Gorge isn’t the only place in the West on Fire. Fires are raging in other parts of Oregon and Washington. California — again this year — is seeing intense blazes and cities are threatened. Ash is falling in Los Angeles from a fire that has spread to eight miles.
Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and we suspect the governors of Oregon and Washington may do the same thing for the gorge fire.
The Rice Ridge fire in Montana has seen 1,000 homes evacuated and the fire out of control and considered the most dangerous in the nation. At the time this is written, it is over 100,000 acres.
Idaho, too, is on fire and there are a dozen or more fires threatening homes in that state. I guess what this story says is there are too many fires to even track and it’s a fluid story.
Plus, words fail to describe how awful the situation has become. You can see the maps. That says it all.