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    Quote Originally Posted by rgthom View Post
    I woke up this morning to a red glow outside. The sun was coming up through smoke from fires all around California. High pressure is holding it down, and also blocking the usual marine layer from cooling the Bay Area. The forecast is 112 F for the next 2 days, it's like Hades out there. Starting to wonder why I still live here....

    Ran into fire operations this morning on the road, while I was exploring. The new fire is less than 60 miles from here.
    Cough cough.

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    The smokey haze does make for nice photos (digital B&W).
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    Just on this mornings news.

    30,000 animals killed or displaced by this years wildfires.

    Last week news, the Fort McMurry fire of last year has just been declared to be out.


    Could be worse.
    Pennsylvania has had an underground coal fire going since '62.
    Australia has had a fire going for the last 6,000 years, give ot take.
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    https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5588/
    This fire is just outside North Fork, a town at the beginning of the Adventure Ride:Trees Loop.

    https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5553/
    This fire is at the end of the loop. The big trees in the middle seem safe, so far...

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    We are in Victoria BC. We thought a nice boat trip North would lead to clean air.

    Nope.

    I feel like I have COPD.

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    When we were in Vancouver recently.......the haze from forest fires in BC was so bad that we couldn't see the mountains behind the city.
    One of the few disappointments of our trip.
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    https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5553/
    The lower right edge of this fire is now the road I rode in on for the Adventure Ride:Trees ride.

    Nelder Grove is where the trees are.

    Almost everything I recently photographed and posted on that thread has burned, or is in danger of burning now, including the actual dirt road I was on.

    The big pile of rocks with the trees growing in them? I can't wait to see what made it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    Glacier's backcountry Sperry Chalet burns down:

    http://missoulian.com/news/state-and...b96168641.html

    Not to be confused with the backcountry Granite Park Chalet.

    Lake Macdonald lodge is now closed for the season due to smoke.
    That's a shame. I hate seeing those great old buildings go. Hopefully it can be rebuilt (the same as it was).

    Here in VT we lost the hut on top of Mt. Mansfield (Stowe Ski Area) to idjut teenages. Luckily, dad (Jake Burton - as in Burton Snowboards) has plenty of money - though he had to be shamed into paying for the rebuild.
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    Americans eh? Oregon..

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    I saw that pic yesterday. Young, healthy guys might do better to help fight fires (or at least provide logistical support) rather than playing golf, eh?

    Golfing while Oregon burns...
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    We've had smoke haze but not the high temps, thank heavens.

    When the moon rose the other night, it had a yellow-orange hue. There's a grow light in the greenhouse for starting basil.



    At this elevation, the moon is usually a brilliant bluish white. Here's a zoom. The double image is my unsteady hand.

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    We just returned home from a seven day float trip on the Main Salmon River in Idaho. Unfortunately there was no reprieve from the smoke we've had all summer at home. Many fires burning in that country as well.

    The River of No Return ...





    Several of this seasons fires have burned down to the river's edge. They are the 'good' kind of fires for this environment, burning the ground fuels, some of understory, and brush, leaving the larger trees (predominantly Ponderosa Pine) alive. In the next two photos fire has burnt to the high-water line on the right bank. This is Wilderness, and other than monitoring and maybe some burnout operations, there is no fire suppression on this fire. This will be excellent critter habitat next year. Looking forward to a return trip.







    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    The smokey haze does make for nice photos [...]
    Yeah, the Ms, who is a more serious photographer than I, delighted (cough, cough) in the filtered light. She should have some good photos from the trip. Might start a thread when she's done processing them.


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    ^ wow, what a strange river trip. The first one might look good in B&W.

    In my youth I was a fanatical kayaker, Lochsa, Clearwater, NF Payette, but never the multi-day trips. God's country, Idaho rivers.
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    I still enjoy kayaking and considered bringing a hardshell, but ended up being oar-boy on our raft the entire trip. And I'm fine with that, it's all good. Herself brought an inflatable kayak and had a few good days paddling. Idaho is indeed blessed with some great rivers. And hot-springs.

    We are getting some rain now in Montana and might see snow down to 6000ft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    Americans eh? Oregon..

    This certainly IS a dramatic foto.

    But it is also a bit misleading, methinks. If I have the story right - this is the Washington side, looking across to Oregon aflame on the other side. Not visible in the foto is an intervening river channel. The Columbia is maybe 1/2 mile wide at that point. Maybe a bit more. They certainly were in no danger, as the wind at that point was blowing left to right, not at them.

    And they may be healthy young specimens, capable of fire-fighting... but they're likely not trained. Without training you're a danger to yourself and others. Better they play golf. Nothing that fire crews hate worse is 'civilians' mucking up the works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    This certainly IS a dramatic foto.

    But it is also a bit misleading, methinks. If I have the story right - this is the Washington side, looking across to Oregon aflame on the other side. Not visible in the foto is an intervening river channel. The Columbia is maybe 1/2 mile wide at that point. Maybe a bit more. They certainly were in no danger, as the wind at that point was blowing left to right, not at them.

    And they may be healthy young specimens, capable of fire-fighting... but they're likely not trained. Without training you're a danger to yourself and others. Better they play golf. Nothing that fire crews hate worse is 'civilians' mucking up the works.
    I wasn't suggesting they go fight the fires - but help out the firefighters in a logistical way. Anything other than golfing while OR/WA burns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    I wasn't suggesting they go fight the fires - but help out the firefighters in a logistical way. Anything other than golfing while OR/WA burns.
    Again... untrained help.

    BUT - they certainly could be donating blood (maybe they already did?), volunteering at the local ad hoc shelters and food banks, raising money to help those displaced by the fire, etc. But I don't have much room to talk. Other than donating blood, I haven't done anything specifically to help.
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    I drove back to Montana from Seattle yesterday. Rained from Spokane to Missoula, with blowing snow on the top of Lookout Pass. All the higher mountains from Seattle to here have a dusting of snow. It is frickin' COLD and rainy here, suffice to say this miserable fire season is over!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J P View Post
    We just returned home from a seven day float trip on the Main Salmon River in Idaho. Unfortunately there was no reprieve from the smoke we've had all summer at home. Many fires burning in that country as well.

    The River of No Return ...
    Your first photo also looks nice in B&W (I hope you don't mind):

    m_P9050749_BW.jpg
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