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post #1 of 68 Old 09-12-2020, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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US fires??

And how is everyone on the west coast(& other places) going ATM?? Boy, looks like the East of Australia last Spring/summer! I really hope everyone in our HF community, and their families are faring OK. Thinking of you all over there. Also hope our PM has pulled his finger out & stopped 'considering the possibility' & sent some of our firies over that side of the pond.
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post #2 of 68 Old 09-12-2020, 06:24 AM
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We are in Oregon. Some people are dealing with fire but everybody is dealing with smoke. It's really bad.
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post #3 of 68 Old 09-12-2020, 07:42 AM
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I know a lot of people in both California and Oregon who have been evacuated, or are on evacuation warning and have packed their go bags and have their crates etc. set up to load the pets and livestock.

I don't know anyone personally who has lost their home but I know of them (friends of friends). Millions of acres have burned. Including the formerly wet and green foothills of the Cascades which have never burned in my lifetime.

The reports of the sky range from "the end of the world" to "Mordor".

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Yeah, the scary sky & the smoke is bad enough, huh?? Yeah, looking like 'the darkest depths of Mordor' would have been a good description of many days, last summer here. & the smoke was terrible in lots of places - NZ apparently even copped our smoke at times! I don't look forward to summer these days. Wish we had a bunker here...

I'd say to people who live in those areas & aren't well prepared to fight for their property(realistically, assuming it's not indefensible...) to get out early, don't hang about waiting for the ifs & buts... that lead so many people to leaving too late. A friend of mine did plan, and believed he was prepared to defend his property. When he realised that the situation was beyond any kind of defense, his car seats were already burning. He had no choice but to jump in anyway. He was lucky & made it out with only severe burns to his back & legs.

But this last year or so, from California, Australia & other places already known for fires, copping 'unprecedented' cooking, to Siberia & the likes... And then lest we forget the Amazon, Borneo, many places in Africa, where the burns aren't truly 'wild', but could say 'feral' maybe... Imagine if they reported all these events as dramatically & incessantly as they report bad US & Aussie fires, or Covid... but 'we' seem to be steered away from all that in the mainstream media.
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post #5 of 68 Old 09-12-2020, 09:49 AM
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I haven't been affected by fire this year as badly as in other years. But know ranchers who are.

One young couple are in their first year of leasing their own place. They've put together a decent herd. Too many to load and ship.

He was asking a group I'm involved with what to do if there fires got much closer. They told him to cut fences at the corners to give the cattle a chance. I've never had to do that but it makes sense for cattle or horses.

Another rancher told of finding a calf two days after the herd, including mom, ran from their fire. The calf is fine somehow. Things like that are little gifts at times like this.

We only had a week or so of smoky skies from the California fires. But it was thick enough to impact the O2 sensor on my truck and reduce my gas mileage. Just as an example of the poor air quality. I'm in the foot hills of the eastern side of the rocky mtns. Pretty far from California.

Personally, I never wait until I'm told to leave. I at least always got my kids and their pets out of an area even if I had to stay and fight the fire, or if I was going to be gone fighting fire on a neighbor's place. My family was far away before I started.
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Im in southeastern Montana.....few fires near me but the close ones were put out rather quickly for the most hay supplier/neighbor across the highway lost about 40 acres to a fire a few weeks back, nothing major.

We had quite a bit of smoke in the sky and air from the local fires and from the CA fires a few weeks back, according to local news we're supposed to get quite a bit more of the smoke from the CA, WA, and OR fires starting tomorrow and lasting for several days at least.

I have several friends in Oregon that have had to evacuate, the one owns ans runs a boarding facility, the pics she posted were insane, and I can only imagine how terrifying it must be. Hope everyone stays safe!

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No fire in my county (thank goodness, and hopefully will stay that way), but plenty north and south. Smoke everywhere, depending on how the wind is blowing. Some days we get lucky and it's nice, other days we get it from both north and south.

This stanza from "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" seems apropos most days:

All in a hot and copper sky,

The bloody Sun, at noon,

Right up above the mast did stand,

No bigger than the Moon.
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We are good here in Idaho but I feel bad for those in CA, OR and WA. Quite a few friends and friend's family's had been evacuated. One friend was on I5 during the Almeda fire in southern OR, traffic was stopped, friend tried to unhook his semi from his trailer so he could cross the median and get out of harms way. State Trooper said there wasn't enough time. Him and his girlfriend just grabbed cell phones and wallets and started to run to safety back down the freeway and trying to catch a ride. People rolled up their windows and locked their doors and drove by. Finally a lady in a Mercedes was picking up every truck driver she could stuff in her car picked them up and took them to a motel. Within a couple hours they were evacuated from the motel! He retrieved his truck and trailer after they were clear to go up the freeway, luckily it hadn't burned.

They have arrested who is being charged with arson for the Almeda fire. He was seen starting a fire after the Almeda fire was already going but he contributed. They still think it was arson and the FBI are involved as they found a body with a bullet wound thinking it might have something to do with how and where it started.

My husband is hauling power poles as fast as he can from Oregon down to California to replace burnt poles. It is considered an emergency he doesn't have to abide by Hours of Service laws. He has sent me pictures of the aftermath along the I5, devastating.The smoke was so bad up there you couldn't tell if it was day or night time. I will attach a picture he sent me at 3PM last Tuesday.

It is frustrating to witness the mismanagement of our forest land and have it effect so many people.
Then the Sacramento Bee comes out with an article titled "Cattle Might Be Secret Weapon In Fight Against Wildfires, Experts Say". Not a secret.
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post #9 of 68 Old 09-12-2020, 05:22 PM
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I am in Seattle. We are far from any actual fires, but the huge smoke plume from the Oregon and California fires went out to sea, circled back and is now cloaking us in smoke.

We are fine, just confined to indoors. I am out of breath and gasping at only 10 minutes of time outdoors. REALLY bothers an asthmatic like me.

I feel for those that are TRULY impacted. this is not just a matter of not 'sweeping our floors'.
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post #10 of 68 Old 09-12-2020, 05:30 PM
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What do people do about horses when they are in a place impacted by ash (but not actual fires)? Keep them inside a closed barn if they have one?

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