Thursday, August 01, 2013

Pure Filth

The wildfires in southern Oregon have now destroyed some 39,000 acres, and there is no relief in sight.

I went to the local mall to do walking there this morning and got some miles into it, but it was cooler outside than it was in there. Unfortunately, the smoke is still too thick to safely do any kind of strenuous activity.

Here is the latest:

More than 3,500 firefighters from throughout the region and the nation have been deployed to battle the growing blazes. As of Thursday morning, no homes had been burned and no major injuries reported.

The largest of the estimated 75 fires sparked by July 26 dry lightning storms remains the Douglas Complex fire which has grown to more than 25,400 acres. That fire is seven miles north of Glendale.

More than 100 homes have been evacuated and a pre-evacuation notice issued to more than 40 other residences.

The 2,000-acre Brimstone fire about 10 miles northwest of Merlin is about 10 percent contained. About 800 firefighters have been sent to that blaze.

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