And just before we (my entire family, 3 generations) were due to gather at the Metolius River near Sisters for the eclipse, another fire started in the Three Sisters Wilderness just west of Sisters! It closed the McKenzie Pass highway and put a number of homes SW and W of Sisters into evacuation mode. Fortunately, the smoke cleared away Sunday night and we had beautiful clear conditions for the awe-inspiring total eclipse Monday morning. Monday afternoon the wind shifted to southerly and really blew in the smoke. When we left Tuesday afternoon, it was really thick, all the way over the Cascades to Salem. None of the volcanoes normally visible from Portland on a clear day were visible.
Until the fall rains start, it's going to be hard to find an area in the NW that's free of smoke! or fire! or both!InciWeb
is your best source for keeping track of forest fires.