One of the big sources of smoke, the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, is one of the biggest contributors to the big swath of smoke blanketing everyone to the east. Just read that they do not expect containment until November to add to the unprecedented fire weather they have forecast.
And we are barely 1 month into Summer. The Oregon Star Party was cancelled this week to to extreme fire risk.
Containment is a specific fire term. The more important part is that the Bootleg Fire will be putting out smoke until it SNOWS in eastern Oregon. And it is only mid-July.
People should really look at the National Weather Service west coast satellite about 5:00 pm Pacific time to get an appreciation how much smoke is being produced by the Bootleg Fire. It is impressive. Never seen anything like it for a extended period of time. This video is fairly old. It was even more impressive yesterday.
The good news is that the fire is burning in relatively flat ground and into the desert of eastern Oregon. When the winds quit and the fire reaches the desert the amount of smoke being produced will go down significantly.
Here is some more bad news from the National Weather Service out of Spokane for next week. Usually that weather come up north through Oregon. I suspect Monday in Oregon might be interesting as well.
A potentially dangerous fire weather situation that poses a risk
to life and property will be possible in that Tuesday to Wednesday
night time frame with the combination of lightning, winds and low
relative humidity. There is the potential for gusty and erratic
winds with thunderstorms and wind shifts with thunderstorm
outflows and the cold front passage Wednesday evening. Have an
evacuation plan in place and be at the ready as fires may develop
and spread quickly, and be aware with lightning that there is a
high probability for new ignitions.
Looks like I will be watering the old-growth sage on my neighbors property this week. Oh, well at least I have "black line" on the other side of the property, thanks to the Red Apple Fire.
Edited by vsteblina, 18 July 2021 - 02:42 PM.