Lightning struck on August 1st, about 30 miles west of me in sunny Bend, Oregon starting what is now called the Cedar Creek Fire.
Sadly it is a beautiful area surrounding a crystal clear water lake where kayaking you can see over 60 feet in visibility.
Here are 2 photos from a kayak trip with friends last year on Waldo Lake. The surrounding forest in these 2 photos trip. The forest in these photos no longer exists as it has burned.
The US Forest Service has been attacking the fire by air and ground, but in the past week winds and dry hot air caused it to double in size to almost 90,000 acres, and 0% contained. Over the past week, as the wind shifts around the smoke has been bad at times with yesterday being the worst at a hazardous 429 AQI at my house.
Today the air is still smoky and too smoky to take Coho for a walk, but hopefully it clears more.
I am hoping this fire and the many others get put out and the recent problem of the annual season of wildfires ceases due to record drought and the climate changes where we are hitting record heat.