fire_stephen_datnoff_1_t670     photo Steve Datinoff, Hood River

… 5% contained as of noon 7 Sep, hikers have been rescued, towns are being evacuated, roads and the InterState are closed to all but emergency vehicles. The Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire has crossed the Columbia River from Oregon into Washington.

The Columbia Gorge Scenic Area:

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation

The need for knowledge in forest management is recognized at Williams:

The Williams College Center for Environmental Studies (CES) facilitates research and undergraduate teaching activities while preserving and monitoring forest resources, particularly through long-term ecological research. 

https://hmf.williams.edu/

If Ephs do not appreciate the beauty of purple mountains, then who does?

It has not rained since mid June. Ironically, this is a temperate rain forest. And the fire was started by an idiot with a firecracker!

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