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Doug

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Oregon State Fire Map. Updated 9-15-2020.
« on: September 10, 2020, 07:14:03 PM »
OREGON STATE FIRE MAP.

For those of you who might be interested in studying the fire situation in Oregon at this time, this frequently updated map shows it well.

Center your screen on a point of interest and mouse-click on the plus sign at the lower right to enlarge that area. It shows the three stages of Fire Alerts and the inner portion of the Red Alert area shows flames graphically to reveal the actual burned areas.

The worst of them is the Beechie Creek Fire coupled with the Riverside Fire, and the Lionshead Fire a bit further north EAST. The three of them comprise a huge combined area east of Salem and south of Portland and environs. Statewide there are 37 active fires at this moment, totaling over 800,000 acres burned.

Initially, the previous weather reports had this area scheduled for 98 degrees on Thursday and 95 degrees today (Friday). By a stroke of extreme good fortune, some very cool air arrived, which made the situation much improved. It was only around 70 degrees today. Hopefully, an onshore wind will move the fire and smoke away from Salem and Portland, but there are still plenty of endangered structures in the eastward territories. 

On Thursday, the smoke was so dense that everything turned red. The smoke cloud blotted out the sun, so nighttime came a couple of hours earlier than expected. The devastation along Highway 22 is considerable. The small towns of Detroit, out by Detroit Lake, and Gates have been very badly burned.

The map should help you get a grip on what the situation is. Searching for more information is largely based on Googling by City names or designated fire name.   

State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard:
  https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/6329d5e4e13748b9b9f7f33f06a3c376
« Last Edit: September 15, 2020, 03:30:35 PM by Doug »

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Re: Oregon State Fire Map.
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2020, 10:58:46 PM »
Doug,
Regarding the awful fire season we are having throughout the Western states, my wife's sister, Karen Specht and her husband Tom, have a home in Springfield, just East of Eugene, and have received a warning to pack up and to prepare to leave their home because of the giant fire East of them. You probably didn't see my notice of the small fire we had in San Luis Obispo a few days ago when we received such a notice. Its awful to think of the many who have lost their homes or even lives.  We were very fortunate that this was just a tiny fire and quickly extinguished, but just as scary when you live through the experience.
Thank you for posting the fire map.  Never did I think we would have to learn to use these.  We are very thankful to those who create and update them daily.
Dick J

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Re: Oregon State Fire Map.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2020, 03:14:23 PM »
Dick,
I am glad the see that you could make good use of the Oregon fire map. The weather conditions in Lane County, where Eugene and Springfield are located, are gradually improving. Onshore winds are slowly reversing the very windy conditions that made so many fires throughout the state rapidly expand to unprecedentedly large dimensions. It is projected that the smoke will be blown away eastward by late Sunday, or soon thereafter, and that the onshore winds could bring some rain on Monday or Tuesday, barring any unforeseen radical changes in the weather.

There is more information about the Holiday Farm fire to be found at the below URL's. Although the attached snip of the Oregon State Fire and Hotspot Dashboard shows the red Stage 3 evacuation zone touching upon the eastern outskirts of Springfield, the fire itself is still some considerable distance away. With improved weather conditions, this edge of the fire could be contained by the end of the weekend.

Lane County weather projections: https://www.registerguard.com/story/news/2020/09/10/oregon-wildfires-changing-winds-keep-lane-county-cool-air-hazardous/3456538001/

Latest report on the Holiday Farm firehttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7170/55553

The State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/6329d5e4e13748b9b9f7f33f06a3c376

« Last Edit: September 11, 2020, 03:51:19 PM by Doug »

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Re: Oregon State Fire Map.
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2020, 08:45:48 PM »
For the most up to date reporting on the Oregon fires and related concerns, the TV station KGW posts it online at kgw.com .

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Re: Oregon State Fire Map. Updated 9-15-2020.
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2020, 03:31:41 PM »
A Facebook page for the Holiday Farm fire:  https://www.facebook.com/HolidayFarmFire?ndAlert