Sherman County eNews #194


  1. Sherman County Now at Level 1 Following Substation Fire, July 22

  2. Substation Fire Update, July 22

  3. And… More Thank You Notes

  4. Presentation: Celilo Village, Past & Present, July 28

  5. A Matter of Self-Esteem

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Sherman County Now at Level 1 Following Substation Fire, July 22

“This is a message from Frontier Regional Alert serving Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties. Sherman County is now a level 1.” ~Frontier Regional 911

2. Substation Fire Update, July 22 

MORO, ORMore accurate mapping shows that the Substation Fire covered 79,121 acres. Containment reached 82% by Saturday evening. Fire behavior was minimal, with some smoldering in hotspots in Deschutes River corridor and Eight-Mile Canyon. The Oregon State Fire Marshall Red Team is demobilizing today.

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office have reduced the evacuation levels for all areas to Level 1. More information about the Ready, Set, Go preparation program can be found at

Crews will continue their work to reinforce and overhaul containment lines as they ensure areas are cool to the touch for a distance of 150 feet from the fire edge or any structures. Within the perimeter of the fire, and especially in the burned area in the Deschutes River Canyon, smoke in the interior of the burn may be present and visible for multiple days.  

Access to the Deschutes River is open.  However, boaters should use caution and may have to pull off in areas that have recently burned if they plan to camp between Macks Canyon and Heritage Landing. Black areas may still have hot spots, dangerous stump holes or rolling material. Use caution when setting up camp. Avoid standing trees and snags in recently burned areas that may be weakened by the fire and are at risk of falling.  

It is extremely dry across the region – just one spark can start a major fire.  Avoid parking in dry grass, discard cigarette butts in closed containers and be aware of local restrictions on campfires or fire use. Sparks from vehicles and other mechanical and motorized equipment (dragging chains and tie-downs, failed bearings, flat tires, catalytic converter failure, worn brake pads, hot exhaust systems) are a leading cause of human-caused wildfires.

Percent contained: 82%        

Total personnel: 263 firefighters                 

Fire size: 79,121 acres

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3. And… More Thank You Notes 

THANK YOU! Thank you to all the ground crews, fire fighters and farmers with discs who fought our fire. Your efforts brought a good outcome to a bad situation. ~Gary & Susan Brown

THANK YOU! We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many who assisted in defending our property near the Deschutes River from the fire on Wednesday, July 18. The efforts of local and out of area fire departments, farmers, friends, neighbors, local residents, and the dedicated work of those who provided tractors and equipment to help fight this fire in extremely dangerous conditions made it possible for all the buildings on our property to be saved. Words cannot describe our gratitude for all the expressions of concern and encouragement, along with the incredible outpouring of prayer for us and all others affected by this event. May God bless you all. ~Ron & Jenine McDermid

4. Presentation: Celilo Village, Past & Present, July 28

Wasco County Historical Society invites the public to attend local educator/historian Jean Vercouteren’s presentation on the “Celilo Village, Past & Present” Saturday, the 28th, 11:00 a.m., at the Moody/Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St. in The Dalles. Free event for which donations are welcome and refreshments available.

5. Wheat Harvest for the Curious 

Animated Inner Workings of a Combine

How does a combine work?

Explain that stuff… how combine harvesters work

>>>> The Visitor Center at the Sherman County Historical Museum offers brochures on local history and wheat farming…. and the Museum offers an excellent exhibit, Wheat Through The Ages.

6. A Matter of Self-Esteem

How do you respond to personal affronts or insults? If you have high self-esteem, they probably don’t bother you much. Here is why.

Have you ever noticed that people with low self-esteem have a terrible time with anything they perceive as an insult? You see, beneath their façade of self-confidence, they are really not convinced of their own value or competence. So, whenever they believe that someone has insulted or rejected them, they come unglued.

These folks fret and fume. They get angry. They spend a lot of time brooding about it, and sometimes they even seek retaliation or revenge. (If you need proof, just check out any day’s Facebook or Twitter feed.) However, people with high self-esteem just brush it off. For example, at the height of the U. S. Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary of war paid a visit to General McClellan in the battle area, to hear first-hand about how the war was going.

As they were waiting for the general to arrive, McClellan came in, covered in grime. He brushed by them, went upstairs, and eventually sent his maid to tell them he was tired and had gone to bed. The secretary of war was aghast and said to Lincoln, “Surely you’re not going to let him get by with that! Surely you will relieve him of his command!”

Lincoln thought about it for a minute or two. Then he said, “No, I will not relieve him. That man wins battles and I would hold his horse and clean his shoes if it would hasten the end of this bloodshed by one hour.” It’s the same for anyone who has high self-esteem. They are so secure that they can easily be humble and nothing threatens their sense of purpose and self-worth.

Give some thought to this the next time you feel someone insults you. You may just decide that it isn’t that big a deal. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

bird.owl.limbJohn Day River Territory

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Campendium: Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Campendium: LePage Park

Animated Inner Workings of a Combine

How does a combine work?

Explain that stuff… how combine harvesters work

Sherman County Historical Museum Facebook 

Levin TV