Microwave Fire 8-28-2009

Microwave fire

Friday night and Saturday afternoon views of the Microwave fire in Oregon along the Columbia River Gorge. THis fire started near Mosier, Oregon and has covered 1250 + acres above the Columbia River traveling West nearly to Hood River, Oregon. It does not extend much south of that ridge, an area mostly grasslands, and much of it burned quickly through on the first night, slowed and channeled by bulldozer fire breaks laid down by SD&S crews The burning areas are mostly timbered rock ledges. This fire is referred to as the Microwave FIre because of its proximity and threat to the Microwave towers on the tallest ridgetop near Hood River.

Helicopters have been pulling water from the ponds near Mosier and Hood River... and because of the winds and updrafts from the fire on steep hillsides, the helicopters appeared to be struggling to get their buckets of water close enough to the blazes to actually help... I watched on Saturday while one came up from below with water, and seemed to move backwards instead of forward trying to get close enough. I also watched while something caught fire near the towers that flared up brilliantly on Saturday with clouds of black smoke rolling up through the orange smoke.

Fire... yes it fascinates me and horrifies me... and there have been so many widespread fires this year in so many areas.. one of many signs of severe planetary changes going on world wide.

As to interpreting those changes, well I leave that up to you... there are as many ideas on that as there are stars in the sky perhaps!

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Starlisa says ... on Tuesday, Sep 1 at 12:12 PM

thanks! , that is what it looked like from White Salmon, barely smoldering... although of course that can go on for awhile and sometimes flare up hitting pockets of fuel.. when the wind hits it.

BDorr says ... on Monday, Aug 31 at 10:53 PM

Really great photographs! It's just now smoldering today.

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