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wsmike



Joined: 07 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Fire in White Salmon Reply with quote

Does anybody know anything about the fire near Underwood today? I have ash falling from the sky and lots of smoke on the horizon at my house.
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salmon



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like Broughton Lumber is on fire. Maybe it's to clear the ground for the resort?
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sailworksman



Joined: 26 Jul 2000
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Fire in White Salmon Reply with quote

Looks like the fire started on the north side of Hwy 14 opposite Cheap Beach and burned through the north side of the old Broughton mill site. Some structures must have been burnt there as the smoke was very black for a while. Lots of fire crews parked at the Hatch. The fire has now gone up the hillside and is now at the ridge line. I can't see through the smoke but I know there's houses there. I hope they are OK.

There's now a helicopter with a water bucket working the flames on the west edge of the ridge.
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wsmike



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the onsite report.

You can see live video coverage at www.katu.com, look in the red section near the top, they have a link.
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jimoak



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got an onsite report from the Hatchery at 1:20 pm. It is blocked off for fighting the fire so no sailing.

I'm on my way out to the Wall or Rufus .
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sailworksman



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Fire in White Salmon Reply with quote

Shit, it looks bad now. Houses on the bluff edge are burning.
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wsmike



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its really moved up the hill in the last hour, wind has shifted to more SW and driving it up the hill. Looks like its spreading and the wind is still kicking up, supposed to continue according to the forecast till this evening.

Lots of people up there, hopefully all evacuated by now.
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WMP



Joined: 30 May 2000
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fire was caused by that railroad crew who were grinding the RR tracks... shooting sparks everywhere... I saw them working. I wonder why the railroad is allowed to do this type work when conditions are so windy & dry. I mean, duh?? People could have been killed.
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kmarasco



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Railroad need to take responsibility for the fire response and lost homes.
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windsurfmike



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I saw the grinder train this evening it was using a fire hose to spray water along the sides of the track and was not grinding. It makes a lot of noise even when it is not grinding. Sailed 3.7 at swell after getting kicked out of the hatch which is now the staging area for the firefighters at the bottom of the bluff.
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