Hello my friends.. I want to thank you all for your concern and good wishes and prayers to keep us safe here. Yesterday the wind turned and blew the fire activity back the other way from us and things got better. They are keeping the evacuation in place as the wind is set to turn again and things could go bad again, but for today, we're breathing easier. I found all the images below on the internet, none are mine. Here is a shot of the firefighters who's around the clock dedication saved the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge from burning. I love them!
What a great bunch of guys!
I am so grateful for their work to save our beloved lodge.
The Historic Columbia River Highway is still closed - there is a lot of debris on the roadway.
When the plants and bushes burn, the rocks lose their anchor and fall across the road. The landscape will be unstable for some time to come.
These men and women who are fight fires in forests are a special breed and face horrible dangers.
Here is an after shot of the newly restored Oneonta Tunnel.. all charred and fallen.
I found this image to be poignant.
Men at work. They are "back burning" - burning the underbrush back towards the fire to decrease the burn and control it.
This is what the Angel's Rest trail looks like now. :-(
Here is a timelapse of the fire I thought I'd share with you.
One thing I want to share with you is there is hope. The fire did burn a lot of our gorge but it will grow again. I have not driven down the freeway through it as it's still closed due to fire danger, but the officials who have assured us the gorge is not lost and is still green with lots of trees. Wish us luck on continued safety from the fires that still burn. You all are the best. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)