What's Up With...The Wild Wild(Fire) West?

While Texas recovers from Hurricane Harvey damage, and Florida and the Caribbean braces for Hurricane Irma, the western states, from Montana to the Pacific, are burning. Raging wildfires are burning throughout Montana, Washington, Oregon, and California.  Smoke is being seen and felt hundreds of miles away (reports in central CA, NV, CO, and even IA and IL).

The wildfires in Los Angeles, CA are the worst in history but now 80% contained.  Wildfires in Oregon are ravaging the Columbia Gorge and threatening Multnomah Falls Lodge.  The Sperry Chalet – a 1914 hotel and dining room in Glacier National Park in Montana only accessible by trail - unfortunately fell victim to the Sprague fire. 2,700 year old sequoias in Sierra National Forest were under threat earlier this week.

80 fires have burned down 1.5 million acres across 9 states since August 28, 2017. Here is a breakdown of total acres burned and locations via National Interagency Fire Center.

Up to date information on Eagle Creek FireColumbia River Gorge, Oregon (into Washington).
 

Up to date information on La Tuna FireLos Angeles, CA.

Colorado is the latest state to suffer from fires – the Deep Creek Fire started Monday, while the Big Red Fire continues to burn just south of the Colorado-Wyoming state line (started earlier this month).

What This Means For Travel: Air quality in Washington State, Western Oregon (including Portland), Northern California, Montana, Nevada, Los Angeles, CA, and parts of the 9 states listed above -- is reportedly very poor.  Many areas have also called for mandatory and voluntary evacuations.  Continue to check reports and practice caution when traveling to a location near an active fire, or reportedly has poor air quality.