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Black Butte Ranch ~ Lake George Fire ~ August 2006

Real Estate Agent with John L. Scott Sandy

 While on a visit to one of my favorite Central Oregon destinations in August 2006, a fire was started by lightning near Lake George.  These photos were shot at Black Butte Ranch.

Fire Flight at Black Butte Ranch Oregon



The sunset through the smoke provided a spectacular back drop for the fire fighting. 






Fire near Black Butte Ranch Oregon





 This was taken from the lodge pool.  The smoke stayed to the west so the air at the ranch remained relatively clear.



 Close up on the Lake George Fire Black Butte Ranch Oregon

Here's a close up on the blaze.  Located 13 miles west of the town of Sisters, Oregon, it burned 21,290 acres of forest.  It started 8/7/2006 and was contained by 9/15/2006.

Fire Flight at Black Butte Ranch Oregon


Black Butte Ranch's Fire and Rescue was on hand to inform and educate the guests and owners who had questions about the fire.  The were no evacuations this time as the fire was far enough away and the winds were favorable.

This photo shows the top of Black Butte.





Golf Course Black Butte Ranch





The fire from the Big Meadow Golf Course Tee #1.



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Thesa Chambers
West + Main - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

The great thing about this fire is that many of the trees in that area do not re-populate without fire - as much as we worry about fire burning this beautiful area sometimes it is natures way of rebuilding.  Amazing but true.

Mar 20, 2007 04:57 PM
Valerie Baldwin
John L. Scott Sandy - Gresham, OR
Harvey, Gresham Oregon Real Estate

Hi Thesa:

Yes, those facts you shared are amazing.  I didn't know that about the trees.  Fire brings new life.  Fires are a part of the natural life cycle in Oregon and one of the many reason that Oregon is so green.  Oh, I forgot to mention that we have some of the country's best rural firefighters right here in Oregon--the HotShots.

Mar 20, 2007 05:16 PM
Thesa Chambers
West + Main - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
We sure are proud of those Hot-Shots! they are the best of the best!
Mar 21, 2007 09:10 AM
Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon

Hi Valerie-

I remember that fire. One of my friends flew many trips with a tanker carrying the Boraid to drop. Amazing what fire can do but also the life that comes forth from it. : ) 

Mar 21, 2007 09:18 AM