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ID:	1898234 Well, last 2 days it’s been hard to get a breath of good air. The fire is approaching Springfield from the east. A east wind is pretty unusual around here. It’s driving the smoke and ash into town. The air quality index is outa sight. Here’s a photo out my south side shop window. Air’s ok inside I have a HEPA filter for the shop I have been using to keep the dust under control when grinding. It helps a lot with the smoke, so I’m spending lots of time here!
    I cut it off twice; it's still too short
    Oregon, USA

  • #2
    Pretty bad in the Seattle area too

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    • #3
      An FB friend in Eugene said that this morning the AQI was over 400. Terrible.

      Around here it's currently around 120, much better than earlier.

      The Accuweather site says Eugene is still at 371. Details:


      "Dangerous

      Any exposure to the air, even for a few minutes, can lead to serious health effects on everybody. Avoid outdoor activities.

      Based on Current Pollutants"

      -js
      There are no stupid questions. But there are lots of stupid answers. This is the internet.

      Location: SF Bay Area

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      • #4
        Living only a mile from the beach, our normal humidity this time of the year is above 60%. This morning it was16%. There has been several whole small towns completely burned to the ground. Hundreds of homes burned. But so far they have only listed one 12 year old boy who has lost his life, I'm sure there will be more. The sad part is, I'm afraid the worst is still to come. I have very bad COPD so I don't go out in this smoke. I had to go get the mail this afternoon and take the garbage can to the street. Now I will stay inside with our Air Purifier for the next several days.
        _____________________________________________

        I would rather have tools that I never use, than not have a tool I need.
        Oregon Coast

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        • #5
          Smoke https://gispub.epa.gov/airnow/?tab=0...pm&mlayer=none

          Fire
          https://napsg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/w...2c7ba6db45ff0e

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          • #6
            It seems that there is a major fire just east of many of the cities along I-5 in Oregon. Salem, Eugene, Roseburg, Medford all have fires east of town. My mom is 10 miles from the French Creek fire which is just east of Roseburg. Medford has a fire south of town in the Phoenix / Tenet suburbs too.

            Is there any word about whether the firefighters will be able to stop the fires before they get to the cities?

            Dan
            At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and left over parts.

            Location: SF East Bay.

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            • #7
              Scary stuff. Hope you guys stay safe.

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              • #8
                South of Medford, OR most of the towns of Talent and Phoenix were burned. Estimates are over 1000 homes destroyed. Our local Harley Davidson dealer, a retirement home and a large furniture store and other businesses, gone. The fire was pushed by 35mph winds and burned a narrow, fairly well developed corridor about 10 miles long right along Bear Creek, I-5 and Hwy 99. My mom used to live in Talent, the development where she lived is gone. At least two of my wife's co-workers lost their homes. Air quality today is "hazardous".

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                • #9
                  They have better ones in California, chuck me a firework, there's a good fellow.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by barracudajoe View Post
                    South of Medford, OR most of the towns of Talent and Phoenix were burned. Estimates are over 1000 homes destroyed. Our local Harley Davidson dealer, a retirement home and a large furniture store and other businesses, gone. The fire was pushed by 35mph winds and burned a narrow, fairly well developed corridor about 10 miles long right along Bear Creek, I-5 and Hwy 99. My mom used to live in Talent, the development where she lived is gone. At least two of my wife's co-workers lost their homes. Air quality today is "hazardous".
                    Tough news, for sure. Haven't heard of any casinos burning to the ground, though, more's the pity.

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                    • #11
                      Tim Clarke, I'm no photography expert, but that is an amazing photo!! It makes it seem as if I'm right there ...I can almost smell the smoke!
                      Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                      • #12
                        My son just finished a 14 day assignment in Colorado with a Maryland fire crew, He expects to be heading back out to Oregon in a few days, say the alert status is still on high.

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                        • #13
                          Firefighters in the Mill City / Mehama and Detroit east of my home (closer to Aumsville) are concentrating on saving lives at this time, not trying to put out wildfires, according to the Statesman-Journal newspaper in Salem. This morning sad news out of the North Fork (of the Santiam), a 13 y.o. boy and his 71 y.o. GMother have perished. His mother is in the Portland Legacy Emanuel burn center in critical condition.

                          The communities of Mill City, Detroit, Gates and others have massive fire damage.

                          It is hard to breathe outside right now, so I'm keeping a low profile today. Attached is a photo taken 2 days ago from my sons home in S. Salem.

                          Dan
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                          Salem, Oregon

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                          • #14
                            We camped near Detroit Lake last year and passed through all those small towns. Terrible news!

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                            • #15
                              That is all very sad news. Very hard to imagine losing everything. Stay safe brothers!! JR
                              My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                              https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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