Central Oregon's burning to the ground -- again
Looks like some areas East of Bend are on fire. Thanks to several consecutive days of 100+degree temps and very dry conditions, this entire county is going to go up in smoke in no time at all. Many of our guests here at work have tee-times today and tomorrow at Lost Tracks Golf Club -- and the road getting to the course is closed because of the fire.
So it looks like we're going to be having a bunch of angry guests calling us because they can't golf. They'll hold us accountable, because they know we were the ones that started the fires. It's amazing to me how tourists leave their brains at home when they travel.
Update on 7/24: The golf course is open, and actually being used -- they're taking water from the course's ponds and dumping it on the fire. The fire is now 2000 acres, and luckily the winds are blowing it away from Bend. The smoke in the air is pretty thick (as the fire's about 10 miles Northeast of my office) and there's a bit of ash on my car. Full Story on bend.com.
I remember looking up at Pilot Butte (and big ol' butte right in the center of town) last night and looking at all the cars driving up to the top to see the fire. There were cars wrapped all the way up the butte full of people gawking at it.