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September was a tough month in the Portland area. We faced a continuing onslaught of Covid-19 and unrest/violence in our downtown core. In addition, we suffered through a period of dense wildfire smoke.
In early October I took a drive southeast of Portland to Estacada on the Clackamas River to see if I could find the origins of some of the wildfire smoke. To my surprise, the huge Riverside Wildfire almost made it to Estacada.
The road east of Estacada was closed just past a marina on the North Fork Reservoir due to wildfire damage.
Turning around, I ventured south of the Clackamas River to the ghost town of Dodge, established in 1852. Shock and amazement was my response. The fire had burned through the area. There was much evidence of total destruction.
A small church and at least one home was burnt to the ground. There was a lot of timber damage.
Driving home I reflected on the fact that the only reason the Riverside Wildfire stopped was due to an advantageous change in the weather.