Wildfires Ravaging the West Coast, Sniping at Vineyards
Dozens of raging wildfires, fueled by relentless heat and scant rainfall since June, are ravaging the West Coast from British Columbia south to Los Angeles. In the Pacific Northwest, the worst impact on heat-stressed vineyards is in the pristine Columbia Gorge, an hour east of Portland, Oregon.
Named the Eagle Creek Fire, police say what began Saturday with teens on a hiking trail throwing firecrackers into the dry canyon has so far scorched more than 30,000 acres, jumped the Columbia River onto the Washington State side and is now covering vineyards with thick smoke.
Winds Pushing Ash, Smoke Across