OK, the thread title is a bit of click bait but not entirely wrong. I live near Prineville and last evening, had the eclipse been at that time, Madras would indeed have been toast.
The whitewater fire near Mount Jefferson was reported at 1800 acres as of this time but looks much larger to judge from the smoke plume.
Plenty of time to get it under control before the eclipse but the weather is not helping (close to 100 in madras for the next 10 days at least)
It is ironic that madras is listed as the highest probability for clear at that time of year but those stats do not take smoke into account and in my 15 years of living in the area I have found that
Madras has one of the highest chances of smoke in Central Oregon at that time of year.
Here is hoping that they get the fire beat down soon and no others threaten. Unfortunately, history shows that fires are pretty likely and they can close areas and even entire highways.
In fact it was at this time in August 2015 that large parts of Hwy 26 (the main route from Portland) were closed by a major fire.
See attached smoke plume sat image from last evening - Madras is the red dot.
Edited by CCDMan, 03 August 2017 - 09:20 AM.