First Look at the Gorge Fire

Here’s a first (& detailed!) look at how the Gorge survived the Eagle Creek Fire. I’m surprised how much green is still there. It basically looks the same with some burned spots. Great stuff by Tom Kloster

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GorgeFire01 Eagle Creek Fire during the initial, explosive phase (US Forest Service)

Officially the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge is still fully involved, now at 35,000 acres and just 10 percent contained by firefighters. Rain in the forecast for the coming week suggests that the fire will continue to slow as October approaches, and our attention will turn toward the changes that fire has once again brought to the Gorge.

The Gorge is a second home for many of us, and in some ways the fire was akin to watching our “home” burn. But that’s a human perspective that we should resist over the long term if we care about the ecological health of the Gorge. Fire is as natural and necessary as the rain in this amazing place, though that’s a truth that we have been conditioned to resist. I’ll post more on that subject in a…

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13 Responses to First Look at the Gorge Fire

  1. W7ENK says:

    Chilly ride to downtown along the river this morning. 46 degrees when I left the house. Looking at the forecast for next week, I think my bike commute season is coming to a close after today.

    49 days riding
    836 miles traveled
    587 pounds of CO2 not dumped from a tailpipe
    30,932 calories burned

    What these stats don’t show is, that’s also $245 of my hard earned money TriMet didn’t get! And that, by itself, makes it all worth it.

  2. JERAT416 says:

    All of a sudden, we are socked in with fire smoke here on Bull MTN . Isn’t the wind still from the West? Strong fire smell too. I can barely see the west hills.

  3. Marques. says:

    Just an absolutely gorgeous sunset here in Maywood Park.. maaan, that dark-red/golden color is just killin’ it!!… hate to see the summer fade, but if there was anyway, this is definetly it!.. Peace from the NE side 😉

  4. PhilS says:

    Check out the Sep 10 satellite photo, which shows the burn area pretty clearly:,MODIS_Aqua_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor(hidden),MODIS_Terra_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor,Coastlines(hidden),Reference_Features,Reference_Labels&t=2017-09-10&z=3&v=-122.70290312981918,44.8747610799589,-121.68252130917195,46.39581024727036

    My guess is that while the Gorge may look fine if you’re just driving by, there are going to be some areas further in that will look awful.

  5. Boring 550' says:

    It would be really cool if ski resorts could open by thanksgiving. Did that happen last year? If I remember right we actually had a pretty warm November for at least the first half.

  6. W7ENK says:

    I have a feeling it’ll be quite some time before the public is allowed back into the trails in the Gorge… on the order of years, perhaps. Highway 30 will likely be closed for the next year or so, too. Possibly much longer. Fact is, the hillsides and cliffs are so unstable now after the fire, they pose great danger to the public. So sad. 😥

  7. WEATHERDAN says:


    • WEATHERDAN says:

      Sunny and 66 after our 91 yesterday. Looks like we might get up to .67 of rain next week before the sunshine returns late next week. Our rainy Autumnal pattern is still a ways away, but some rain will be nice, Total rain over the last 119 days is .92. Pitiful. Peace.

    • Joshua Downtown PDX says:

      I disagree with your forecast. It looks to me like we should expect at least .67″ of rain through the week, and up to 1.5″. Plus, I don’t see sunny or warm weather throughout the week. Maybe some partly sunny days if you’re lucky. It’s going to be cool and wet. I’m not saying it’s the start of the consistent autumn rains, but it’s going to be quite a departure from what we have been accustomed to. And I love it!

    • JJ78259 says:

      Definitely time to put the yard furniture away for 8-9 months!

    • Paul D says:

      Turning off the water sprinklers – woohoo!

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