Monday, August 31, 2015

Another Fire!

Pelton Park CG, Madras, Oregon  H 74 L 54

Fire season is going strong here in Central Oregon. The “Two Counties Fire” that I mentioned in previous post is still burning two and a half weeks later.  It is now about 70% contained.

Saturday, we received a call letting us know a fire had started and got out of control at the Cove Palisades State Park about three miles away as the crow flies or as the fire burns! Our friend Rose was working down at Pelton rushed back to Round Butt Overlook day use park where her and her husband Terry work and live in their Montana fifth wheel. Terry was getting the 5ver ready for immediate evacuation as Round Butte is only about two miles from “The Cove”.  Rose stopped by and helped Terry get things ready to go and then went to one of the overlooks near The Cove so she could act as a spotter for Terry so she could keep him advised on the movement of the fire.

It has been determined that charcoal was disposed of improperly sparking the fire. The “E Loop” at The Cove is near one of the canyon walls and quickly burned up the wall to the flat rim. The fire was spread by high winds and consumed about 300-400 acres and two homes. Luckily for Rose and Terry the wind shifted and the fire was pushed away from Round Butte.

Once Judy and I got off work we went over to view point three overlooking the state park and watched the mop up operations for a half hour or so.

Below is pics from the view point of the aerial operation

* Click pics to enlarge

The fire area is in the upper left of pic Fire helo 8A


Helo approaching water collection point 

Fire Helo 17A       Fire Helo 12A

Water Collection  Fire Helo 13A

The Water Drop  

Fire Helo 15A     Fire Helo 16A

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Much of the Same with a Trip Here and There

Unfortunately wildfires are still burning out of control throughout the Northwest.  The fire I wrote about in my last post is still burning and is only 70% contained after two weeks.  Smoke is still a problem here at the campground. We are now under a no camp fire ban. 

Smoke 815 A       Smoke 815 B

 The fires have not kept us from taking some time out for a couple fun things.  Judy and I went to Portland to see the national tour of the play “Wicked” with Jason and one of his nurse friends. The play is a prequel to the “Wizard of Oz”.  All of us enjoyed the play.  If it comes to a city near you, I recommend you go see it. 


We also took a day trip to Mount St. Helens National Monument.  It was only a hour and a half ride from Portland.  It has been 35 years since its eruption. Looking at the damage at the summit, you can easily envision the force of the eruption.  We took a walk down one of the nearby trails also.

mt st helens sign      MT St Helens Erpt

Mt St Helens1

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Wildfires are burning Nearby

Madras Oregon  H87 L49

Things can be going fine and then all of a sudden things happen. That is what happened Wed. Just when we thought we were going to make it through the season with no wildfires, bam, things change.

A car traveling on HWY 26 near Warm Springs blew a tire on the RV it was towing, not realizing it continued driving. The tire disintegrated  and the metal rim began to leave a trail of sparks which spawned a number of small fires along the highway. It wasn’t long before a major wildfire developed. To date it has grown to over 55,000 acres and is only 25% contained.. For the most part it is burning mostly grasslands and has only threatened a few structures.  Pelton Park is within six miles of the start point of the fire and has been only affected by smoke and ash. Luckily, the fire is spreading away from the campground. This area is very rugged making it hard to contain.

Here are a few pics I snagged off the net.

warm Springs fire 2      warm Springs fire 1

Warm Springs fire 3

Warm Springs fire 4     Warm Springs fire 5

Warm Springs fire 6     Warm Springs fire 7

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Travel Itinterary… for now

Madras Oregon  H95  L57

As our time here gets shorter (48 days) I have worked out our travel itinerary framework back to Arizona. I am sure it will change some but at least we have a plan.

Last year we drove down the Oregon and California coast and were tempted to use the same route down to LA.  In the end we decided to head back to AZ via Idaho and Utah. Our travels will include mostly state parks this time. Judy and I usually take a couple of months to reach our winter destination. This year we may stay less days at each stop.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Judy and I are having an investment property constructed in Mesa, AZ and it will be completed in Oct. or Nov. Judy and I want to be in the area as the house is completed. We will be busy furnishing it and getting landscaping in place so we can make it available to seasonal Snowbirds. Below is a pic we received a couple of weeks ago.


Our travel itinerary


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