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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Evacuation Due to Rowena Fire



An over 3500 acre wildfire took over the hillsides just east of Rowena, Oregon on Tuesday of last week. People in about 150 homes around the blaze were evacuated, and one home was actually destroyed.

On Friday night I headed out with my camera to capture the beginning day of the "Super Moon" and found myself heading east through the gorge, crossing the Columbia River and ending up at Doug's Beach outside of Lyle, Washington directly across from the fire area. I took this long exposure to show the many hot spots on the hillside above the cars along I-84, which at the point that this photo was taken was only 35% contained. Later at home when I downloaded the photo, I noticed the shooting star streaking across the sky directly above the hill, and hoped that it was a sign of sorts that the worst of the blaze would soon be over. Fortunately, I was right because the evacuation of most of the area residents has been lifted and those people have been able to return to their homes.

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25 comments:

Linda W. said...

Wow - such an interesting capture! It really shows the extent of the fire. And you even got a shooting star!

Stephanie said...

Great shot of the moon. Glad to hear that folks were able to go home again.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful!

Roger Owen Green said...

The northwest is getting more fires than I remember from previous years.

ROG, ABCW

Marcy said...

Fires are so scary...
Wonderful picture.

E is for...

Hildred said...

A great capture, - so many wildfires here in Canada, too. Smokey days and nights....

pixiedusk said...

I was a bit frustrated last night as the moon is really pretty and I dont have any decent camera but a phone. This one is really awesome =) #ww

Leslie: said...

There are dozens of forest fires burning in BC now and 80 firefighters are coming from Australia to help control them! We did hear about the fires in the states of the northwest and I'm sure hoping everything dies down soon. It's been a terrible summer so far for fires!

Leslie
abcw team

Felicia said...

amazing image.

William Kendall said...

What a capture! The hot spots remind me of pictures in a book I have on fires in BC from some years ago.

ellen b. said...

Beautiful shot. My son lives in Eastern Washington. It really is scary to see the power of these fires. Dealing with the smoke is a whole other danger...

Annaleis Topham said...

What an amazing capture. Love all the little details - hope the fire is out now

Valerie said...

A very "moody" shot and the shooting star was a bonus. Thanks for sharing. Glad the fires died down.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

This is an amazing photo. All the light from the moon, the fire, the shooting star, the cars on the highway. Glad to read at the end that the fire was contained and people could go back to their homes.
Take 25 to Hollister

Tamara Thornton-Butler said...

Wow what a capture. I hope everyone was safe.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Extraordinary shot♪ Glad to know things are getting better.

StarTraci said...

That's an amazing picture.
:-)
Traci

Christian Weiß said...

Stunning photo, but the fires are horrible.

NC Sue said...

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Ann said...

The hot spots really tell the story!! Your shooting star is so pretty.
ann

Leora said...

How awful about the fire! You do present a nice capture.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful and awful at the same time.

Rambling Woods said...

Beautiful photo...I thought of you when I heard about the fires and saw the news. Awful, terrible. I am glad that these people still had homes to return to.. Michelle

Powell River Books said...

Fire damage gets worse each year with the drier weather. We stayed up this week to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower, but with the bright moon they were hard to see. - Margy

Anita Davis said...

Great photo. Wild fires are so scary, I am glad it wasn't worse than it was.
Have a great weekend.