Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fire season

It's hot and dry and and it feels like there is fire in every direction I look. Much of the week Lloyd and Nathan have been out fighting our closest fire, the Ward Canyon Fire (est 15,000 acres) along the Antelope Highway. There are also several fires out of Ashwood, Shaniko, Clarno, Maupin and on the Res with many more throughout Central Oregon.

It's hot and smoky down here in my little canyon. Here's a smattering of photos from the last few days:

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Ward Canyon Fire starts from dry lightning storm on Sunday July 13th and sends up smoke immediately instead of smoldering until the next afternoon.
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Smoke blowing west and meeting up with smoke from the Res

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A scattered thunderstorm blows through, barely enough rain to settle the dust.

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Next few days are choked with thick smoke, my life has its' own sepia filter

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Ward Canyon burning east towards Indian Creek, the disc is hooked on to the tractor ready to drag more fire trails around our crops and property as needed to supplement our seasonal "just in case" fire lines and back burns.

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Reflection of flaming pink sun in the roof of the upper granary

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Hazy, smokey days

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Changing winds give a little break from the smoke

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Another incredible fire season sunset

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Evening backfiring along HWY 293

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 The glow at night

This particular fire, as with most local fires is still burning away. BLM was out here for an evening then got called to more urgent fires. Just us locals and a rural fire protection district for now trying to keep everything in check. As long as it doesn't jump south of Hwy 293, we aren't in any direct danger. The weather is cooler with higher humidity over the next few days, hopefully this will give everyone a chance to get it knocked down so we can all get back to work. I'll share more photos as I can.

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