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Larry N.

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Smoky West
« on: August 10, 2017, 10:51:12 PM »
Many of you may be aware of the way the smoke from the B.C. fires is spreading. We left Denver Tues (it had been smoky there for several days) and the smoky haze persisted all the way to Landers, WY. On Wed. it stayed with us all the way to the Tetons -- talk about restricted viewing! As I write this Thurs eve. from the Gros Ventre campground, it's still just as smoky -- well maybe a slight reduction -- and hindering the views.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 11:05:15 PM »
We had the same experience a few years ago when we went up on the tram at Sun Valley, Idaho.  It was fun going up but there wasn't much to see.  Maybe you need to head in another direction!  Yes, I know, you want to go where YOU want to go, not where the haze chases you....

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 11:32:07 PM »
I am crossing my fingers that there won't be smoke where we are for the eclipse. We will be in Idaho, northeast of Boise some. I look at the fire maps pretty much every day.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 06:33:08 AM »
Smoke from big fires is a major issue especially in the west (But I've seen it in the Mid West as well)

And as the T-Shirt says "Only you can prevent forest fires" / "Seriously, we have been defunded"  /  "The Forest service".
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 07:51:26 AM »
Wow, I had no idea the smoke had spread that far.
Hope it clears up

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 10:26:01 AM »
Currently in the Columbia River Gorge and haven't seen Mt Hood or Mt Adams in more than a week.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2017, 10:33:15 AM »
I was in Banff the week of July 16th and was 20 miles from the wildfires.
Took a while to recover from the smoke inhalation. Not really noticeable until you start hacking brown.. :(
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2017, 10:46:22 AM »
I can't see across the valley this morning. Another fire started about 6 miles south of us yesterday, the crew was on it quickly but we have not heard any more. We should be alright as long as it doesn't jump the valley. Between the late flooding and fires the tourist industry has been hit hard.

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2017, 11:33:46 AM »
Many fires buring in Oregon and Washington.  Air quality is suffering in most places.  Many lightening strikes south of us yesterday but haven't yet heard if they started any new fires.

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2017, 12:40:21 PM »
Many of you may be aware of the way the smoke from the B.C. fires is spreading. We left Denver Tues (it had been smoky there for several days) and the smoky haze persisted all the way to Landers, WY. On Wed. it stayed with us all the way to the Tetons -- talk about restricted viewing! As I write this Thurs eve. from the Gros Ventre campground, it's still just as smoky -- well maybe a slight reduction -- and hindering the views.
Hey that's where we are. In spot 168. Pop by for a beer in the evening if you are still around
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2017, 01:39:21 AM »
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Currently in the Columbia River Gorge and haven't seen Mt Hood or Mt Adams in more than a week.

We are here too. We can barely see the mountains across the river for all the haze (we are on the Washington side). I'll try to get pictures tomorrow going over Bridge of the Gods, you can barely see much up or down river.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2017, 08:13:00 AM »
Hey that's where we are. In spot 168. Pop by for a beer in the evening if you are still around

Gosh, wish I'd seen this post yesterday, Jackie. We're leaving this morning for Cody, hoping to get away before 9 AM, but if I get a minute I may walk over there to say, "Hi."
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2017, 07:13:21 PM »
Shame we missed you Larry. Enjoy Cody.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2017, 10:28:31 PM »
Does this look familiar Jackie? Around 8:30 this morning?
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2017, 10:53:02 AM »
RAIN WE GOT RAIN!!! Not a lot but every little bit helps, the smoke has pretty much cleared off for the moment. I'm wearing long pants for the first time in over a month. ;D

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2017, 03:55:45 PM »
Does this look familiar Jackie? Around 8:30 this morning?
Yup that is us 😁 shame we missed you. I will get to meet someone in person on the forum one day! We were jn Cody a few weeks ago. Nice town. We drove up the Beartooth highway from the Cody side, it is a great drive.  Have fun.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2017, 04:34:10 PM »
Yup that is us 😁 shame we missed you. I will get to meet someone in person on the forum one day! We were jn Cody a few weeks ago. Nice town. We drove up the Beartooth highway from the Cody side, it is a great drive.  Have fun.

We left Cody yesterday morning and drove home (Denver area), U.S. 20 to Casper, then I-25. The further we got, the less smoky -- ran through a few light showers, too. This morning the mountains were more visible (less haze/no smoke) than we usually get around here -- pretty morning -- though it appears to be preparing for a storm this afternoon.

There may yet be a chance for a gettogether, Jackie, but it's so dependent on plans not yet made.

Safe travels...
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2017, 04:43:09 PM »
RAIN WE GOT RAIN!!! Not a lot but every little bit helps, the smoke has pretty much cleared off for the moment. I'm wearing long pants for the first time in over a month. ;D
What is this 'long pants' thing you speak of? We don't have that species here in Florida. ;D
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2017, 07:05:21 AM »
Anyone have any updates on the air quality?  Was seeing the forecast for West Yellowstone is smokey.
We are going west soon and wondering if the experience is going to be screwed by a continuing haze from fires.

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2017, 08:07:04 AM »
My wife went up to Wilsonville, OR (just south of Portland) yesterday, and she said ash was falling out of the sky like snowflakes. The fire in the Columbia Gorge (Eagle Creek Fire) has been spreading like, well, wildfire. Weather is supposed to change today with reduced winds and onshore flow, which will cool things off a bit. I can't remember so much smoke from wildfires in all my 71 years.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2017, 08:12:04 AM »
We are just north of West Yellowstone now (Baker's Hole). The smoky haze is significant. We can't see the mountains we know are there, and the air quality is between "yellow" and "orange" in the area. Weather reports aren't good for a change in the next few days. It will take a big weather system (hopefully with rain or snow) to clear it out.

If this is a huge trip, primarily to see scenery, you might want to wait until next year. For us, the air is just as bad at home so we might as well be here. There are some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets due to the smoke in the air though. Fall frequently has a lot of fires, it just goes with the territory. It is worse than usual this year though.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2017, 08:15:58 AM »
We drove up to Jackson Hole WY from Alpine Junction WY yesterday (followed the Snake River). Lots of smoke obscuring the mountains all the way.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2017, 10:43:39 AM »
Gee, I wonder what all this smoke, fire, tornados, hurricanes, typhoons, droughts, earthquakes and floods could mean?
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2017, 10:49:18 AM »
Nothing!  It is simply the cyclical nature of the earth. 

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2017, 12:12:26 PM »
I am camp hosting in the Gorge.  The Eagle Creek fire has jumped the Colombia River,  Cascade locks has been evacuated, I-84 has been closed down to all traffic from Troutdale to the Dalles, on the Washington side RT 14 is closed to truck traffic from the Dalles to Washougal.  Smoke is significant everywhere in the region.  Packing up today preparing to bug out.
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #25 on: September 06, 2017, 01:40:31 PM »
Gee, I wonder what all this smoke, fire, tornados, hurricanes, typhoons, droughts, earthquakes and floods could mean?

We're having crappy summer weather?
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #26 on: September 06, 2017, 05:38:25 PM »
This is a pic of the sun from my back yard, as it is about to disappear behind Arapaho Peak Tuesday afternoon.
 
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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #27 on: September 06, 2017, 06:26:16 PM »
My friend in Sister, OR said last night that the smoke is really bad there.

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #28 on: September 06, 2017, 09:16:43 PM »
Well this is disappointing. I won't actually arrive in Wyoming until Thursday of next week.  Thank you for the updates.  I need to think this through. :-\

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Re: Smoky West
« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2017, 09:35:04 PM »
Gee, I wonder what all this smoke, fire, tornados, hurricanes, typhoons, droughts, earthquakes and floods could mean?

Should we wait for the locusts??

Here in northwest Indiana, the sunsets and sunrises have been a colorful orange.  Weird smoky grey sky color yesterday; more blue today.
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