Surrounded by Fires

We are still living in very smokey conditions where it is unhealthy to be outdoors too much. We are surrounded by fires so no matter which direction the wind is blowing, we get smoke. This photo of the sun was taken at about 5:00 yesterday afternoon. This is just as it came out of the camera.

Smokey Sun
Smokey Sun

There is a large fire burning on the Columbia River Gorge which was set by some stupid teenagers who were tossing fireworks into a canyon. You can read about it here. There were over 150 hikers who had to be rescued because of the fire. Home have had to be evacuated and the interstate has been closed due to the fire. Things like this really make my blood boil. I do hope justice is served in this matter.

For now, we will just live with the smoke and stay indoors.

Maralee

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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

… and nose, and lungs, We’ve had an unprecedented summer of wild fires and smoke. We had a thick blanket of smoke hovering over us for several days this week. This photo was taken from  my office one morning. It let up for a couple of days but it’s back today. The temperatures are supposed to be in the triple digits for the next few days which means more fire danger. I’ll be glad when cooler weather and some moisture arrive.

Maralee

Smokey skies
Smokey skies

 

 

Smokey Sunset #2

Last night I went back to the canal armed with my Nikon to take photos of the sun setting in the band of smoke. It didn’t disappoint. The sun was a red ball setting behind the smoke. The fire has grown in size and people’s homes are in danger. The smoke is blanketing the city making it hard to breath outdoors. Getting my daily walk is out of the question so I’m relegated to the treadmill at the gym. Hopefully the fire will be contained soon and the smoke will clear.

Maralee

Red Sun
Red Sun
Sun setting behind smoke bank
Sun setting behind smoke bank

Sun setting behind smoke bank

Smokey Sunset

The smoke from the wildfires has returned – with a vengeance. I went out for a short walk around sunset last night and there was ash falling out of the sky. The sun was setting and there was a band at the base of the smoke where the sun was a big red ball. You can sort of see it between the trees in the first photo. In the second photo, the sun is blown out, but in actuality, it was a big red ball. I only had my phone with me so this was the best I could do. I sure hope the smoke dissipates soon – it’s hard to breath outdoors.

Maralee

Smokey Sunset over the mountains
Smokey Sunset

Smokey Sunset