Downtown Wasco Fire, Aug. 3
Oregon Drivers Urged to Use Caution During Summer’s Extreme Wildfire Danger
Heat Wave Shatters BPA’s Summer Record for Electricity Use, Three Days in a Row
More Than a 2-Gallon Jug
Prudence or predicament? Don’t procrastinate planning your #OReclipse travel
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)
1. Downtown Wasco Fire, Aug. 3
McKee Drug Store aka Wasco Variety aka Second Hand Made.
2. Oregon Drivers Urged to Use Caution During Summer’s Extreme Wildfire Danger
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is collaborating with the Oregon Department of Transportation to highlight the extreme fire danger in much of Oregon on highway messaging boards starting today. The message “Extreme Fire Danger: Use Caution” will be seen on boards along major highways in the state. These include I-5, I-84 and State Highway 97 through central Oregon and Highway 20 from Albany to Ontario. The messages will be shown throughout the summer during times of peak wildfire danger.
The majority of wildfires in Oregon are caused by humans, according to Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields with the Oregon Department of Forestry in Salem.
“Taking extra care to avoid any activity which might spark a fire is especially important in summer. By August, vegetation is dry and can readily catch fire even from small sparks,” he said.
Drivers should not toss cigarette butts out windows and avoid parking on dry grass, which may ignite from heat from their vehicle. For a full list of restrictions when traveling, recreating or working in forestland, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Restrictions and Closures web page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FireStats.aspx
“We appreciate the Department of Transportation helping us raise awareness among Oregonians and visitors to our state of the extreme fire danger in our forestlands,” said Fields.
3. Heat Wave Shatters BPA’s Summer Record for Electricity Use, Three Days in a Row
Portland, Ore. — Several Days of intense heat pushed Northwest temperatures above the 100-degree mark sending regional summertime power consumption to record highs. As the mercury soared, air conditioners and fans hummed along breaking the Bonneville Power Administration’s record for peak summertime electricity consumption three days in a row.
BPA customer power usage broke the 2014 peak of 7,861 megawatts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 1, 2 and 3, with Wednesday being the highest. BPA’s customers consumed 8,048 MW on Tuesday, 8,226 MW Wednesday and 8,208 on Thursday. For reference, just one MW can power an estimated 700 Northwest homes or 1,200 MW can power an entire city the size of Seattle.
BPA, in concert with its federal partners, prepared for the heat wave by safely delaying routine-maintenance activities, ensuring the turbines in federal dams were optimized for power generation and working closely with the Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear plant that generates up to 1,200 MW of clean, reliable power.
BPA transmission crews also stood ready to quickly address outages and kept in constant contact with firefighters as wildland fires across the region threatened transmission lines. However, so far, problems on BPA’s transmission system have been kept to a minimum.
“Our crews have done an outstanding job preparing for this stretch of hot weather. And not just the equipment and the system, they’ve also been watching out for each other’s safety in this sweltering heat. We’ve not had a single injury, heat-related or otherwise, during this event,” says Robin Furrer, vice president of Transmission Field Services for the Bonneville Power Administration. “Our mission is to keep the lights on even under the most extreme conditions. So this is a job well done.”
4. More Than a 2-Gallon Jug
How big is your container? You do have one, you know. Did you know that the size of your life is roughly the shape of your “container”? It is your idea of what you think you deserve.
Years ago, a farmer brought an amazing pumpkin to a county fair. It was big and orange, in every aspect a perfect pumpkin. But it was the exact size and shape of a two-gallon jug. After it had won a blue ribbon, someone asked the farmer how in the world he had managed to produce such a wonder. He chuckled a bit and said, “Shucks! Wasn’t anything to it! Soon as the blossom started to grow, I just stuck it inside a cider jar and the pumpkin took care of the rest.” (In countries where shelf space in grocery stores is precious commodity, square watermelons started appearing the next year.)
Just like that pumpkin, the shape of your life is determined by the size and shape of the container in which you hold it. That container is made up of your beliefs about what is possible, your expectations of what will happen, and – most of all – your thoughts about yourself and the world you live in.
Many of your beliefs about what is possible for you were put there by someone else when you were just starting to blossom. What would your life look like if you were able to let yourself grow without the limits of other people’s ideas about you? Children are often forced to shrink to fit the size of their parents’ containers by adults who don’t know any better. The good news is that, unlike our two-gallon pumpkin or square watermelons, once we are grown we still have the choice – and the chance – to be different.
Take a look at your beliefs – where they came from and how they limit you. Then, make some choices for yourself based on how big you want your mind and spirit to grow. We all have a lot to offer this world, and it would be a waste of precious talents to hold ourselves to the size of a two-gallon jug. ~The Pacific Institute
5. Prudence or predicament? Don’t procrastinate planning your #OReclipse travel
Don’t wait! Don’t be late! You have a very important date!
The eclipse is coming And it won’t wait!
ODOT is warning last minute travelers they could miss it all if they wait until Monday Aug. 21 to hit the road. The total solar eclipse that morning will likely be the busiest traffic event in Oregon history. Eclipse fans must be in place well beforehand or risk getting stuck in traffic.
Post-eclipse travel may present even more problems. With hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road at the same time, the trip home may be the most difficult part.
ODOT’s advice? Arrive early, stay put and leave late. This is NOT a game day: Please treat the 3-hour eclipse as a 3-DAY event.
Travelers have a shared responsibility to keep themselves, their passengers and other travelers safe.
Here’s the truth to dispel four rumors ODOT wishes we could launch into a black hole:
- ODOT is NOT planning to close any highways. Traffic may do that all by itself, but ODOT doesn’t plan to, unless it’s a short closure for emergency response.
- ODOT is NOT planning to turn any highways into one-way roads. The staff required to perform that safely is not available.
- ODOT is NOT prohibiting big-rig traffic in Oregon. We are restricting one specific kind of truckload—over-width loads. But all other kinds of trucks can continue to carry interstate commerce in Oregon—or you wouldn’t get your gasoline, food, eclipse paraphernalia and other things you expect during that time.
- Rest areas will be open, but they are NOT available for camping.
ODOT will make regular, frequent updates to www.TripCheck.com and 511. We will use our social media accounts (facebook.com/OregonDOT and twitter.com/OregonDOT) to report road conditions, but they may not be staffed 24/7. And we will keep local media up to date so they can report travel time and road condition information.
ODOT will have crews posted at strategic locations along critical travel routes to help keep motorists mobile and safe.
But it still comes down to you. Plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead, so you will.
Visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Pages/Eclipse.aspx for eclipse information.
6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do