Continued dry weather and wind are contributing to the growth of wildfires in Washington and Oregon, which have threatened homes, prompted evacuations, closed some popular ski resorts and hiking trains and caused the governor of Washington to declare a state of emergency.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Traffic is already a headache in central Oregon as thousands of people arrive before Monday’s total solar eclipse.Traffic was backed up early Thursday on U.S. Highway 26 near of Prineville, the last town before the turnoff for an eclipse-themed festival that’s expected to attract 30,000 people in a remote area with narrow, one-lane roads.
WENATCHEE, Wash. – A fast-moving wildfire burning in Chelan County grew to nearly 4,400 acres as of Monday night, according to the State Department of Natural Resources. The state’s Emergency Management Division said the so-called Spartan Fire, burning south of Wenatchee, has prompted level two evacuations for about 80 homes.
[Ed.: Seems an apt comparison to us.]
[Ed.: Not so fast says meteorologist Cliff Mass.]
BELLEVUE, Wash. — A car speeding at nearly twice the speed limit on a rain-soaked freeway lost control and smashed into a barrier early Wednesday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers estimate the driver was going about 115 mph when he hit the left barrier on I-90 near 108th Ave SE, then careened across the freeway and smashed into the right barrier around 2:30 a.m.
[Ed.: It’s not speed that kills, but blunt force trauma. It’s pretty foolhardy to be driving over 100mph at any time when there’s standing water around. Sounds like one of those things one does when they’re young and stupid.]