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Blog entry by Nickdarr posted 08-18-2015 03:36 AM 1128 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unless you have been under a rock, you know there are fires burning throughout the west. I can sit on my porch and smell the smoke and see it in the air. It is sad to see all of the losses that are more devestating than just some board feet of lumber, like lives, homes, and businesses. But, being a woodworker, I am sad over the lumber as well. I have had the opportunity to live throughout the US. I have experienced natural disasters including floods, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornados, and earthquakes. There are no positives to the destruction of the people’s lives and the vegitation. The one upside for local woodworkers is the wood is not destroyed. Trees and building lumber can be salvaged and turned into useable lumber. I have been able to use a chainsaw to help clean up a mess and I get paid with a “thank you” and all the wood I can haul away. I try to use some of it to build something for the family that lost the tree as a way for me to give them something back. Granted, it is a very thin silver lining, but at least something is useable. With fire, that is usually not the case. A bummer all the way around.

-- Darren... Hmmmm, I got nothin.



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shipwright

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#1 posted 08-18-2015 04:58 AM

It’s all over the area Darren. I took this from my deck on Vancouver Island a few weeks ago. The sun was red from the smoke in the air. This wasn’t even one of the thick days. Most of what is green in this photo is brown now.

We aren’t just losing trees to the fires either. We are seeing very old trees here that are in serious distress from the drought …... and reports now are saying we are in for another warm dry winter and it will be worse before it gets better. I never thought I’d be wishing for rain here on the Island. This is supposed to be what everyone calls the “wet” coast.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 08-18-2015 02:47 PM

Not only smoky heare in the East Bay Area of Calif but we experienced an EarthQuake as well.
Climate change is with us no matter what others say.
Saw an article today about the vanishing lands in Louisiana.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 08-18-2015 02:58 PM

Hey Paul,

Do you live near Victoria?

I’ve had a few clients there and in Vancouver and I just love the area. If I could afford it, I would retire there.

I especially remember the Butchart Gardens, I hope the draught doesn’t affect it.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#4 posted 08-18-2015 03:40 PM

That would be a real shame but I think they will be OK.
I live about a half hour north of Victoria.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 08-18-2015 07:52 PM

There have been three fires within 20 miles of me in the past couple of weeks. It is only going to get worse. If we get a big El NiƱo like is being 90% projected, it may make succeeding drought years even worse for fires.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 08-19-2015 12:08 AM

Speaking of smelling the smoke, I’m in Portland, and got a good whiff of it checking the mail.

It’s ironic, that in the rainiest part of the nation, the state of Oregon is on fire. Homes destroyed, highways closed, the smell of smoke thick in the air. A sizable portion of Oregon is under extreme drought conditions, there is no snow on the mountains (where our water for the summer comes from), we’ve been setting excessive heat records since June, and we’re in the midst of yet another heatwave (I’ve lost count which number this one is…........)

Portland normally has 12 90+ days per summer—we’re at #25—and counting. Between Global Warming, El Nino, and The Blob, the weather is conspiring to burn us.

If it ever rains again, I’m gonna put on Martha Reeves and the Vadellas, Heatwave, and dance naked in the street to celebrate!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 08-19-2015 01:35 AM

Darren,

Where in Washington do you live? We have had a lot of smoke in Spokane; we’ve also had plenty of red sky sunsets like Paul was talking about.

-- Jake

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#8 posted 08-19-2015 01:51 AM

I’m in the Puget Sound area (western Washington), but have ties in Eastern Washington and Hubby hunts over there or in southwest WA every year. It’s heartbreaking. Can only hope they’re wrong about the El Nino. What really fries my bacon, though, is the fact that there has been no change in forest management since I took my first university ecology class in 1968. Way back then, strong recommendations were being made to have controlled burns, not fight the fires back continuously, control the undergrowth, etc., etc., etc. Turn on the news today and you hear the same thing being said. It’s been almost 40 years, and the science is not being followed. How sad.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#9 posted 08-19-2015 02:02 PM

ForestGrl,

Did you happen to watch The Big Burn documentary on PBS? It was about the 1910 fire and the conditions that led up to the 3 million acre fire that devastated eastern Washington and the panhandle of Idaho. After watching that and looking at the weather conditions we are experiencing now it proves that, those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it.

-- Jake

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#10 posted 08-20-2015 12:04 AM

I live in southern Idaho along the Snake River. We have had three small grassland fires within about 30 miles. We are about 100 miles from the east end of the big Soda Fire along the Idaho-Oregon border that has gone crazy. We have been hot here as well. Things are obviously dry here. Like Dark Lightning mentioned, the possible El Nino will only create more problems in the next drought cycle.
ForestGrl, I agree. Wildland management would help, but that would make way to much sense.

-- Darren... Hmmmm, I got nothin.

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#11 posted 08-20-2015 04:12 AM



ForestGrl, Did you happen to watch The Big Burn documentary on PBS? It was about the 1910 fire and the conditions that led up to the 3 million acre fire that devastated eastern Washington and the panhandle of Idaho. After watching that and looking at the weather conditions we are experiencing now it proves that, those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it.

- GreaseMonkey2275

No, I didn’t see that one. We just heard about the 1910 fire tonight, in passing on the news. Unreal. I’m afraid to contemplate how much we might lose before the rains come back. :-(

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#12 posted 08-20-2015 03:15 PM

Here’s a shot from Vancouver Island today. Same view as in post #1 above but today the smoke is blocking our view of Saltspring Island. It is only two miles away across Cowichan Bay.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#13 posted 08-22-2015 03:17 PM

The smoke was really bad yesterday but with the 18mph winds last night it seemed to blow a lot of it away; we’re back to nearly blue skies today.

-- Jake

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#14 posted 08-22-2015 08:17 PM

This is so much smoke in Portland right now, that it’s basically overcast out. We won’t reach our forecast high of 91 due to the smoke “cloud cover.”

Ironic, that in the rainiest part of the nation, we don’t get clouds any more—wildfire smoke is the new clouds…......

-- Dean

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