I live just outside Portland, West of the city, and we are getting ash from the Gorge fire, near Mt. Hood. Yesterday we had a windstorm all day long & the air quality was so rancid that we had to completely shut down the house, no open windows or doors. The sky was completely yellow, tree debris is everywhere & some trees are completely down. Today is a bit better.There are plenty of lists on the internet. My issue is: where to go if I do have to. And can I get to where it's safe or will all the roads be closed?
I do have an invite to visit a friend in Portland though I don't know if she realizes we have 2 cats and a dog.
A friend of mine lives in the Santa Cruz area though exactly where I am not sure. They were told to evacuate so they moved a bunch of stuff to their second place in Scotts Valley and then went to stay in a hotel in San Jose. At which point they had to back to Scotts Valley and retrieve a bunch of it (things like cars and propane tanks that you wouldn't want to catch fire) because then they evacuated Scotts Valley.
The sky is like that where I am too. It feels like the apocalypse.The Bear Fire in Plumas County apparently grew overnight. I woke up and my room was so dark I thought it was still the middle of the night. The sky is a disgusting hazy orange color I haven’t seen since the Camp Fires in 2018.
She's not the only one thinking these things.“It feels like the end of the world, or like Mordor. But I guess it’s just a weird mix of smog and smoke and haze,” said Catherine Geeslin, snapping cell phone pictures of the dark sky in West Portal in San Francisco. “It was alarming to see it’s still dark. And it will be strange to have lunch in the dark. But you still have to get on with your day.”
An explosive wildfire tore across Butte County Wednesday, threatening Paradise, a town nearly destroyed two years ago by wind-fueled flames.
High winds and dry vegetation fueled the North Complex Fire, which raced toward Oroville, growing by an estimated 230,000 acres in a 24-hour period in the Plumas National Forest, officials said Wednesday.