Going off the grid
Weather forecast prompts power shutdowns in Sweet Home
September 14, 2022
It all began with a forecast, albeit a familiar one with historically dire consequences.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Wednesday, Sept. 7. That meant strong winds, warm temperatures and low humidity - all of which were on the menu Friday and Saturday in the Oregon Cascades.
This was enough to exacerbate already dangerous wildfire conditions, and Oregon was contending with plenty of those. Nearly 30 were then burning throughout the state, consuming more than 200,000 acres, led by the ongoing Double Creek and Cedar Creek fires in eastern and central Oregon, respecti...