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Old 04-07-2021, 08:57 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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2020 apparently was one of the worst years for Oregon wildfires. I understand there were four major fires late last summer that got out of control due to high winds.

Yesterday, I made the mistake of driving Hwy 20/126 from Bend to Eugene. All was well until I came into the milepost 29-37 area, the site of major fire damage, I think near Vida. I was astonished at the damage I saw, many burned out foundations of where homes once stood. Still abandoned cars burnt to a crisp. The formerly thick tree coverage is all but gone. The area looks completely different today. It probably will take decades to recover. Really sad this beautiful stretch is gone. Atleast the McKenzie River was running strong and beautiful as usual.

I didn't check before my trip about delays, and I should have as there are hundreds of workers apparently trying to clean up this mess, creating several stops lasting anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes a piece. I'm sure natives are aware of this, but perhaps I can route unknowing drivers around this. It looks like it may be going on for awhile.
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Old Today, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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2020 apparently was one of the worst years for Oregon wildfires. I understand there were four major fires late last summer that got out of control due to high winds.

Yesterday, I made the mistake of driving Hwy 20/126 from Bend to Eugene. All was well until I came into the milepost 29-37 area, the site of major fire damage, I think near Vida. I was astonished at the damage I saw, many burned out foundations of where homes once stood. Still abandoned cars burnt to a crisp. The formerly thick tree coverage is all but gone. The area looks completely different today. It probably will take decades to recover. Really sad this beautiful stretch is gone. Atleast the McKenzie River was running strong and beautiful as usual.

I didn't check before my trip about delays, and I should have as there are hundreds of workers apparently trying to clean up this mess, creating several stops lasting anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes a piece. I'm sure natives are aware of this, but perhaps I can route unknowing drivers around this. It looks like it may be going on for awhile.
And now the 2021 fire season is ready to get started.

The last time I was over there was in 2017 and it looked like a disaster then. Well not Highway 126 so much. That looked pretty good. But Highways 20 and 22 had massive burned areas and Mt. Jefferson was on fire at that time. I doubt anything will stop the rest from burning too.

I don't even bother to travel east of the Coast Range any more. It's too depressing.
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