The sun must have risen at 6:45 this morning, as scheduled. But in the Albany area we didn’t see it because of the covering of smoke from the wildfires spreading in the hillsides and canyons to the east.
We still didn’t see it at 10. Everything outdoors was shrouded in a menacing dark, with the sky glowing red overhead.
Not in living memory — my memory, anyway — has wildfire smoke affected the mid-valley in this way.
And there was ash, seemingly plenty of it, judging by the amount that had accumulated on the windshield. We haven’t had that around here for 40 years, not since Mount St. Helens blew up in May 1980.
As you’ve no doubt heard, evacuations have been ordered in the North Santiam Canyon, and people in east Linn County have been advised to stand by in case they have to leave as well. For updates, check the Facebook pages of the Linn and Benton County sheriff’s departments.
Fire, smoke and ash — that’s all, in addition to everything else, that 2020 needed to warrant being called one of the worst years in a long time (hh)