Firefighters offer Ways to Help.

“When you want to help….

In a time of crisis people naturally want to reach out and help.  We appreciate those efforts and have a few suggestions for you to consider.

Most appreciated by firefighters:

●       Thank you notes and banners

●       Donations to local recovery efforts

●       Donations to Wildland Firefighter Foundation:  http://www.wffoundation.org

Other ideas:

●       Join or support your local fire department or emergency organizations- they appreciate your generosity since they are the first responders in many cases.

●       Donate to local charitable organizations like the Red Cross.

●       Donate to local food banks, which sometimes get forgotten when fires impact a community.

●       Create and maintain a defensible space around your home!  Give emergency responders and yourself a safe area to defend your home in or retreat to, if necessary.

Note: Fire camps cannot accept food items due to health and federal contract regulations.  We feed our assigned fire crews three meals a day plus snacks.”

Information copied with slight modifications from this NWCC Blog post on Southern Oregon Fires August 24,2018

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Weekend Adventures

A few recent shots to share with you from last weekend. This first one of the helicopter dipping in the turtle pond is during the recent Memaloose #2 Fire on the Oregon hills along the Columbia River between Mosier and Rowena. The fire was in mop up the last few days which has been a slow process because of the steep terrain and cliffs. Evacuations have all been dropped and the fire was knocked down.

By the way there’s no smoke in the picture because I’m looking south away from the fire.

I started out the morning on top of the world. At least that was the name of the aid station along the route of marathon set up by the Columbia Gorge running club. I had the pleasure of running radio communications at aid station two. My view included a glimpse to the north of Underwood Mountain in Washington state.

The Marathon started here:

On my way up the hill to my station it was misting/raining lately which was so refreshing after a long dry spell. Did not amount to much but it sure felt good. It also provided me with a rainbow. A great start to a beautiful day.

Here comes one of the runners through the aid station.

The end of the 50k

it really was the top of the world, and this is even on the way back down

This next image was taken After the race, Clear across the valley. Looking across the Hood River Valley towards the west and Binn Hill from Fir hill area on the east side of Hood River Valley.

Driving up over the hills and down the valleys to Mosier and upstate road I stopped and took the first photo of the helicopter picking up water. Along the way I stopped to take the photo of the tree because it grabbed my attention.

Here was the view of the backside of Memaloose #2 fire, although this iPhone shot doesn’t capture much. To the far right of the red circle there is smoke and a burned area that has come up over the hill from the north. Fortunately it did not spread much more than this.

After I watch the helicopter I drove back down to the freeway and up to the Dalles and back down to the Lyle rest area where I took a few more photos.

I visited the Klickitat River which is very murky from the glacial run off.

I even found a place to park out of the way somewhere and slept in my car because I knew I was too tired to drive home.

The next morning I stopped and grabbed a couple more shots from the Lyle rest area, happy to see that the fire across the river had calmed down considerably

I chatted with some tourists at the rest area and gave them plenty of information on my way to work at the Mt. Adams Chamber visitor center in White Salmon, Washington. Just doing my job!

Fire Danger Conditions

When conditions are as dry as they are now, fires can be ignited extremely easily, from a surprisingly wide range of sources. Any metal-to-metal friction can create a spark; vehicle exhaust systems (especially the catalytic converters, which must be hot to work properly) can easily ignite dry brush; oily rags can spontaneously ignite; the heat generated by organic decomposition can make compost piles highly combustible; glass or metal objects can focus sunlight to a high enough temperature to burn a wide range of combustibles; and then of course there is human carelessness and irresponsible behavior. It pays to not only be careful, but also be keenly aware of the many things that can ignite fires. And to the extent we can, provide water to lawns, shrubs, and trees, so that they can be more resistant to fires and ignition sources.

Credit to Daniel West

Remember, if you think you see smoke and you’re not sure about it call 911 and tell dispatch.

  • Driving in dry grass
  • Glass bottle in dry grass in the sun
  • Chain hanging from vehicle hitting pavement
  • Oily rags in a hot location
  • Bad spark arrester on your motor.
  • And so much more!

Rowena Fire 2014 UPDATED

UPDATE Aug 9:  The fire was listed as 55 % contained this morning, with 3,565 acres total.  I believe that 3 houses burned and my thought and prayers are with the families, but grateful no lives were lost.  3 other structures burned as well.  All evacuations were dropped to Level 1 and people could return to their homes with caution.  Mopping up and burn outs continue and lets hope that wind does not kick back up hard!  So far so good.  I am adding a small collection of images to the first gallery showing what I could see Friday evening.  Some of these fire images have been shown on news like KGW, and I was contacted by CBS in New York about using an image for their coverage of this fire. I am so appreciative of our Firefighter heros that worked so hard in such dangerous condiitions!  Also,  for those who are so broken hearted about the destruction of nature… I have watched several areas now recover following fire and wildflowers will come back better than ever.  Many of the trees have not been killed, just charred on the edges, and will recover.  Dead falls have been cleaned up which will help with pest problems and future fire hazard.  Poison Oak and Ticks might even get slowed down briefly!  Animals and birds for the most part will have moved out of range of fire, and new grass will grow in better than before providing improved grazing for deer and elk.  You will be amazed in a year or three how quickly many things will return.

Original Post:   Rowena Fire started in the switchbacks along Historic Highway 30 just to the East of Rowena Crest in the Columbia Gorge, and just west of the town of Rowena, Oregon.  First spotted August 5th at 9:15 pm, and Showing up in force August 6, the fire rapidly grew in the next 24 hours to 2,600 acres, and then to 3,372 acres by the morning of August 8.  Currently (Aug 8) there are 659 personnel fighting this fire, with 6 Helicopters dumping water on the fire and many Fire engines are used around the perimeter. 740 residences are threatened by the fire in Rowena and the Chenowith area.  Back burning operations have begun between Rowena and The Dalles.

This short timelapse video is a video speeded up to 16x speed and a few still photographs added in… no sound only the images.   Just click on the link from this sentence.

Here is a gallery of the Photographs taken August 6 in the evening Click on an image to see it larger, and use arrows to see the rest of the images.

Some of my better images will also be in the Wildfire gallery on my SmugMug website.  Go there by clicking on this link for wildfire gallery where they can also be purchased.

Thank you for your visit.  I have always been fascinated with documenting area Wildfires as you can see in the Wildfire Gallery Link which will open in a new tab.

Even more complete collection of local wildfire images can be seen on my Flickr Page here showing several photo albums from different Fires.  Click on this link to go to my Flickr Wildfire Collection and it will open in a new tab in your browser.

New Fire Calendar! Last but not least…

at the request of some fire fighting friends I have now
created a 2014 Fire Calendar, with my best shots from several fires
in this area since 2008.  I only ordered 6 for now, but will
order more if I get requests! email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com
to request a Fire Calendar. They are $25 each, or three or more are $20 each.

Click on a picture and it will take you
to a scroll through slideshow of each page of the calendar


$25 plus $6 for shipping and handling.
If you email me I will send you an invoice which you can pay via PayPal, debit/credit, or money orders. Locally I also take checks and cash. Thank you for taking time to look!

Finally! A SmugMug Storefront for Prints!

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After much learning I finally am opening
my SmugMug store.

Magical Kingdom of Aurora

Magical Kingdom of Aurora

I am still not happy with their pricing system, so I am going to set up a discount code to use on the Thin Wraps, Canvas Wraps, and Metal Prints. Meanwhile you can still go directly through me on those items via email at starlisa.black@gmail.com The discount code will be about 35% off the listed prices.

SmugMug

Feel free to give me suggestions or feedback if you see something not working well, or you can help me make it better.

I also still have books and calendars, you can find information in the sidebar menu under Calendars and Books..

2012 Photojourney BOOK

My newest book is out, consisting of many of my best images from late 2011 to late 2012 (plus a few extra bests thrown in from previous years).
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This colorful 8 x 8 inch book consists of 26 pages plus full size photos on front and back cover, and tells a seasonal story of the last year for this part of southern Washington and northern Oregon including bits from the Columbia River Gorge. Also included are photos from Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Rainer, and Mount St. Helens, as well as Fire photos from this years local wildfires.

Price: $42.00 Shipping and Handling $6.00
Contact me at starlisa.black@gmail.com or on here to make an order. I am now able to take paypal, debit, and credit over the phone; chec or checks and cash via male at

Starlisa Black Photography
P.O. Box 190
Husum, WA 98623

Fire Helicopter Calendar available now!

At the request of some of the Helitack crew at the airbase in Trout Lake (here for the Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams) I put together a calendar of Helicopters (and one plane used for Air Attack Platform coordination). These are custom design and I am only making a very limited quantity You can email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com if you want to order one. They are $25.00 each, plus $5 for shipping if you need it mailed, and tax if you are in Washington.

This album of photos represents the pages of this 2013 calendar

Air Support on Wildfires

Trout Lake, Wa has been home for nearly a month to a large Fire Camp and Helitack crew, during the Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams, with several Helicopters coming and going. My brother’s house is right behind the airstrip which lodges the Helitack camp, and I enjoy watching these birds of the air coming and going. To us, the noise of the machines is simply telling us we are safe from that fire burning 8 + miles away.

During the Salt Spring Fire of (2005?), the Cold Springs Fire of 2008, the Crofton Ridge Fire of 2009, and now this one in 2012 there were many different Helicopters coming and going. This is a sampling of some of them, and I have many more shots I simply have not gotten around to processing. enjoy!

If you are interested in owning any of my prints or cards, any size or material, or my Fire calendars and books from this fire (limited edition) simply email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com for more information or contact me on my facebook page in the sidebar to the left. You can also see links to the left for my other local scenery photo books that are available.

Update on the Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams

Update on the Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams.

This is Dorina, she makes the Fire T-Shirts, Hoodies and Beanies, and they are lovely, very popular among the firefighters!

this is the camp entrance, located in Hollenbeck Park in Trout Lake, Washington