Sunday, October 25, 2020

Smoke from Oregon wildfires

The 7th of September 2020, started out pleasant, but then that night a major (almost winterlike) wind storm blew into the Pacific Northwest.  It turned already burning fires into some of the worst wildfires in recent Oregon history, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of forests and grasslands. Below are some shots of the smoke that blanketed Portland for almost two weeks. 

This was the evening of September 7.

These were from September 8. 

September 9

September 10

And September 15

We had smoky air for almost two weeks, and then the evening that Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, we got some relief through a nice heavy rainstorm. More than 7 weeks after the devastating wind storm, the cleanup and getting people's lives back together are still happening. (And now the same thing is happening in Northern Colorado!)