Churchill

What is that white stuff on my car?

What is that white stuff on my car?

Looking at the cars in my apartment complex parking lot in the Churchill neighborhood this morning, you would be forgiven if you thought it snowed a bit on this autumnal equinox.

No, it wasn't snow on this day with a forecasted high in the 90's, it was ash from a nearby forest fire blowing into the metro area.

The fire, called the Tumblebug Complex, is burning in the woods near Oakridge. The fire ballooned overnight to more than 2,000 acres, according to a fire information officer.

Smoke and ash are drifting east, and likely will continue to do so for the next ten days, according to Sally Markos with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

LRAPA even had reports of smoke and ash as far east as the coast.

Markos told a kval.com producer that we'll see the smoke in the metro area until a major storm system comes through and the fires are brought under control.

In the meantime, don't make the same mistake I made - wait to wash your car until the ash is gone.