Oregon Is Burning Up
Oregon is on fire. The forest fires are raging, about 160 in total. Most of them are in southern Oregon, where my wife and I live. In addition to this, it has been extremely hot and dry (no, it doesn't rain in Oregon all the time), making the firefighters jobs a lot more difficult.
These fires started innocently enough, following a series of lightning strikes nearly two weeks ago. The increased smoke and fire danger has caused many evacuations, and there are many other families that are "on alert." As I look out my window above my computer screen, the sky has an odd pinkish hue mixed with gray, and I can almost taste the smoke.
I am thankful for all the brave firefighters who are working around the clock to try and curtail this disaster, but they are a long way from containment in most areas. Although we are not in danger at this time, my wife and I have been talking about making a prioritized list of items to take if the fires spread towards our location.
Please keep our state, and all of its residents, in your thoughts and prayers.