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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Fotos post, but I wanted to share some wildfire pics coming out of Washington and Oregon.
Firefighters are up against 17 wildfires or sets of blazes in the Northwest, 13 in Oregon covering nearly 620,000 acres and four in Washington that have charred about 290,000 acres. Nearly 10,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the region. They've made progress, with no new starts in the past 24 hours, according to Oregonlive.com, but warmer, drier weather is sweeping the region, with thunderstorms and lightning in the forecast starting Sunday.
Above Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops water on a fire in support of fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry up to 1,500 gallons of water. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter returns to the Madras Airport after successfully dumping water on a target area in the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20, 2014. Oregon National Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik
Above wildfire, known as the Carlton Complex fire, burns out of control near Winthrop, WA., July 18, 2014. Soldiers assigned to the 66th Theater Aviation Command, Washington Army National Guard, brought six helicopters to the area to assist firefighters on the ground. Washington Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kriess
Washington National Guard photo from Thu showing some damage near Pateros, WA. The Carlton Complex wildfire has burned 300 homes, it's about 250,000+ acres now and 55% contained as of 25-Jul-2014.
Retardant Drop on the Logging Unit fire. Credit: InciWeb
Washington and Oregon often avoid large-scale fires due to the amount of rain each state gets, but both states are experiencing significantly less rainfall than normal along with high summer temps.
Our thoughts are with all those on the front lines fighting these monstrous firestorms.