There's a lot of that going on around the west coast, these days; about 50 miles south of the Oregon border, Weed's gone up in smoke - no, not an illegal grow-op. That used to be a little town of around 3000 at the base of Mt. Shasta. Some 100 homes have been torched there, and as much as two-thirds of the populace has been evacuated. There's not a lot left there; the sawmill and at least two churches have also been burned out.
On the Oregon side of the border, there've been a lot over on the east side of the Cascades, but there's a big one going near Estacada on the west side, which is still growing past the 2300 acre mark and pumping smoke all through the Willamette Valley; one guy calling himself "ndn" caught a great shot of the morning sun around 8:30 as it appeared in our area:
This one's managed to jump the Clackamas River, and the terrain's not exactly flat in the area, so it's going to be around for awhile. Last I heard, there were over 100 folks trying to get a line around it. Oh yeah, you better believe there are evacuations happening there. Toilet paper's doubtless in short supply. The good news is that the temps and winds are down today, and I've even seen the sun a few times.
There's a shooting range just a few miles west of Estacada, and this thing's believed to have been started by target shooters. The weather we've been having around here, it doesn't take much. A spark from a ricochet can do it. Ditto for Orange County in southern California, evidently:
In Southern California, a fire that forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon over the weekend was started by the sun’s rays reflecting off sheet metal that edged a homeowner’s backyard garden, officials said Monday.
The 2-foot-tall metal fencing surrounded a vegetable garden and was intended to keep small rodents out, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said. The sheet metal ignited a wooden border and nearby grass and then spread.
Yeah, I hate when the squirrels run off with my green tomatoes, too. But maybe next time the folks could use chicken-wire instead.