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    Cascade Country Rendezvous in Washington via Oregon. Wildfires?

    Washington Wildfires concern.

    Destination Sandpoint ID...doing our final pack and bike check before heading north to Sandpoint, ID and Jasper Canada. We had planned to stop at the Cascade Country Rendezvous in Republic Washington. We have growing concern regarding the wildfires that are threatening Central Washington and are considering any alternate routes to avoid smoke to Republic WA. from Northern California....Or do we just bypass the CCR altogether. route our trip further east?
    Are there any clear areas heading north throught Washington?

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    It has been varying from very smokey to mildly smokey in western MT for the past few days. Air quality is rated as hazardous in many western locations and is considered hazardous to at risk people in our area (Helena). You may be able to get a decent view of the smoke plume on one of the weather sites if you switch to satellite view instead of radar. Our local weather is saying the winds will become more from the NW in the next two days which should give us some relief and shift the smoke more towards southern ID, WY and perhaps UT.
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    I understand your concern...former wild land firefighter...these big fires have a mind of their own.

    Not sure of your intended route to Republic from an un-named Nor Cal departure point. Looking at tonight's national fire incident report, notice quite a few incidents in Central Oregon that might also cause some smokey conditions in your path. Nothing in Oregon that's quite the size of our conflagrations in the Evergreen State.

    Sort of guessing on an intended route, but I might suggest 97 through Oregon, then east at the Columbia to link up with US395 north, then north until you can connect up with WA SR 21 which will bring you into Republic by avoiding the intense fire zone north of Wenatchee.

    Check on road situation by Internet before heading up SR 21, if situation is tenuous you can just keep going north on 395.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeabeckS View Post
    I understand your concern...former wild land firefighter...these big fires have a mind of their own.

    Not sure of your intended route to Republic from an un-named Nor Cal departure point. Looking at tonight's national fire incident report, notice quite a few incidents in Central Oregon that might also cause some smokey conditions in your path. Nothing in Oregon that's quite the size of our conflagrations in the Evergreen State.

    Sort of guessing on an intended route, but I might suggest 97 through Oregon, then east at the Columbia to link up with US395 north, then north until you can connect up with WA SR 21 which will bring you into Republic by avoiding the intense fire zone north of Wenatchee.

    Check on road situation by Internet before heading up SR 21, if situation is tenuous you can just keep going north on 395.

    Good luck!
    Good information.
    I've been checking the fire maps-
    The plan was to enter Oregon travel north just east of the Cascades via 97. Starting from Bay area, Quincy, Burney Falls, Klamouth, Bend, Madras, The Dalles-97 north to Republic-where my concern is. Going aast and north at the Cloumbia not be a problem...and coming back west via 21 to Republic.
    Can you tell me if there is a point north where skys clear up? I understand it is "as the wind blows". Our final destination is Banff.
    I thought we were the only ones staving for water here in California?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    It has been varying from very smokey to mildly smokey in western MT for the past few days. Air quality is rated as hazardous in many western locations and is considered hazardous to at risk people in our area (Helena). You may be able to get a decent view of the smoke plume on one of the weather sites if you switch to satellite view instead of radar. Our local weather is saying the winds will become more from the NW in the next two days which should give us some relief and shift the smoke more towards southern ID, WY and perhaps UT.
    Any chance its clear above Helena? Like in the Whitefish and Kalispell area? Sandpoint ID and Whitefish were two of our stops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddyspokes View Post
    Any chance its clear above Helena? Like in the Whitefish and Kalispell area? Sandpoint ID and Whitefish were two of our stops.
    This site provides the dailey Montana Air Quality update( [http://www.deq.mt.gov/FireUpdates/default.mcpx
    ); click on the small icon of the state and it will show a map with AQ ratings for locations around the state. Looking pretty good for western MT at the moment and our skies are nearly clear here in Helena.
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    Thanks Kevin. Using that map I will be able to check conditions and adjust our route as needed...

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    Looking at current satellite images (earth observatory.nasa.gov) looks as though you might be riding through some smoky areas north of Bend, if you were traveling today. The smoke from the conflagration in the Chelan - Methow region appears to be mostly staying in that region, without a lot of noticeable drift towards Republic. Spokane to Sand Point looks to be a bit hazy...

    Love to be riding that country you're heading for, though I might consider a route up through Burns, John Day, and Pendleton. Used to live in N Nevada and traveled frequently through Oregon. Got really tired of that 97 route. Lakeview to Burns is pretty desolate, but north of there it's pretty nice.

    Good luck on your ride!
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    I like the fire maps at ESRI.com, public information maps. Seem to be more friendly towards my iPad.

    And, just found a source through Dept of Ecology, wasmoke.blogspot.com. A good narrative about expectations this week for fire smoke...
    Last edited by SeabeckS; 07-20-2014 at 09:00 PM.
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    Perfect Bill....bikes are packed..we are checking maps and sites and will continue to do so going north...
    If you can beleive it-it rained in the Bay Area today ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddyspokes View Post
    Perfect Bill....bikes are packed..we are checking maps and sites and will continue to do so going north...
    If you can beleive it-it rained in the Bay Area today ???
    Rained here too...go figure!

    Have a good ride!
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