Fire near sisters

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Fire near sisters

Postby Chris » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:46 pm

I heard there is a fire near Sisters named the GW fire. Does anyone know if this may have any impacts on the ride?
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Postby Jackson » Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:02 pm

Heard from the Ride Director this morning, he lives in Sisters. The fire is far enough away not to be a problem. The smoke from the fire will most likely be in the air throughout the town this weekend.
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Postby Alex from Eugene » Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:09 pm

Well, wait and see - can check http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.asp
for updates.

Latest is that nearby Black Butte Ranch (1200 residences, mostly vacation homes) were evacuated yesterday and there is no predicted date of containment despite last nights showers. Be prepared for lingering smoke in any case. Rmember, this is the Pacific Northwest and the conditions can vary from August snowstorms to volcanic eruptions - but September is usually pretty nice.
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Postby MarbleMtn » Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:39 pm

The fire is 10 miles northwest of Sisters and we will be riding out to the southeast. A week later we will be coming back to Sisters from the west.

Clyde

PS: The official website for all forest fires in Western USA is

Inciweb.org/

look for GW fire in Oregon and it will tell you the current and predicted conditions.


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Residents get to return home tonight

Postby mstevens » Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:33 pm

The fire danger to folks in Black Butte have subsided so that the residents are allowed to return. Fire crews feel they have a good handle on the fire.

Fire danger according to the monthly forecast is moderate early in the week of CO to high later in the week. But it looks like it will be clear, so the likelyhood of lightening strikes should be low.
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Postby All about downhills » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:50 pm

Volcanic eruptions ??? What kind of biking gear do you need for THAT?? :-)

We were stuck in traffic the other day and trying to think of the worst kind of traffic jams caused by overturned trucks (we were behind a sulphur truck at the time). We decided that marshmallow creme and/or caramel truck explosions would cause very messy traffic snarls due to it not really washing off windshields if splashed on cars, but hadn't thought about volcanos.

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Postby Tender Chunks » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:05 pm

Well, satellites that compare elevations with great precision have noted that a large area around the South Sister has been inflating over the last few years, ie filling up with magma. There has been some limited seismic activity, also. In the unlikely event of a volcanic eruption, a few tips herewith:
*Don't attempt to ride in the glowing orange rock - it is hard on the tires.
*Don't attempt to outrun the pyroclastic flows - they are really fast. Stop, turn and face them, and squirt with both water bottles, really hard.
*Keep helmet on at all times - lava bombs on the noggin can ruin your whole day.
*If giant crevasses open in the road ahead, pull to the side of the road, and wait for the sag wagon, signal thumbs down, and call it a day.

Hope this helps.
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Postby Shifty » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:21 pm

Tender Chunks wrote:Well, satellites that compare elevations with great precision have noted that a large area around the South Sister has been inflating over the last few years, ie filling up with magma. There has been some limited seismic activity, also. In the unlikely event of a volcanic eruption, a few tips herewith:
*Don't attempt to ride in the glowing orange rock - it is hard on the tires.
*Don't attempt to outrun the pyroclastic flows - they are really fast. Stop, turn and face them, and squirt with both water bottles, really hard.
*Keep helmet on at all times - lava bombs on the noggin can ruin your whole day.
*If giant crevasses open in the road ahead, pull to the side of the road, and wait for the sag wagon, signal thumbs down, and call it a day.

Hope this helps.


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Postby MarbleMtn » Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:48 pm

This afternoon's report from fire control center is excellent. They have 60% containment and expect to hold their lines and start mopping up. !/3 inch of rain yesterday helped a lot. Hope for no strong winds and no lightning!

"expect" is in inexact word but sounds good for us to go.

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