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We had planned to go around the Mountain but just north of Trout Lake we saw a huge fire, 3 out of 4 of our cars was smart enough to turn back to regroup at the Ranger station.  There we found out that the road and trail was indeed closed.  We called the other car on the cell phone and they turned back and joined us.



We had decided to go to the Goat Rocks, but on the way we changed our minds , and decided to do the north and east sides of Mt Adams.  This turned out to be a good decision since they were fogged and later smoked out.  

When we dayhiked toward Sunrise, the fire seemed like it was just over the ridge (though it wasn't). The next day we moved our camp a bit back north to make the following day hiking off trail toward High Camp / Klein Creek easier.  Shortly after we got their the smoke blotted out the sun and it became rather cold, for a couple of hours:







The next day was clear at first:



But we could see allot of smoke below the Goat Rocks and  toward (between us and ?) Rainier.



The big surprise was the smoke we saw behind us, we thought it would be in front of us as we approached Klein creek:



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It's crazy hazy on this side of the mountains.  My throat is scritchy.  it's really bad.  So scary out there right now.  Not too often you see dead, brown gas on this side of the mountain.  The Governor put out an entire statewide burn ban.  Thank goodness! Be safe!

That looks like Mt. St. Helens in the one photo.


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Apparently that is the smaller of 3 fires!  Wenatchee complex  and Pole Creek (in Oregon) being bigger.

Folks lost cars on Mt Adams, and a fire fighter died in the Wenatchee complex Fire
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Its smokey in Portland because of the fires too!  On the way flying in on Sunday, there were several small fires visible to the east of Mt Hood, with lots of smoke.  We don't see that kinda stuff in the east....
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I don't remember it being this smokey in PDX, even when there were fires in Forest Park (in town) or last year on the north side of mt hood near our water supply.

But with the clouds , rain, fog, and other pollution around here it probably fades into one gray memory.  And fires have been worse, I think.  One year they started in the spring in Washington, they had to plow the snow from the roads to get to them!  Still 3 or 4 major fires is quite allot, but probably more noticeable since I was hiking right next to one.  Last year one started north of Sisters (mtns.) as we finished our hiking around them.
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A friend forwarded me an email, apparently they have closed the entire Mt Adams wilderness, and the PCT, and the fire has burned up to Horseshoe Meadow (this was going to be our 1st night's camp until we had to change plans).

Here is the most impressive photo from that email (photo by Darlisa Black):

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