ASHLAND, Ore. — The smoke drifting across Mt. Ashland clouds the view, but it’s not clouding the spirits of the ski lodge’s general manager.
Hiram Towle says they are prepping the lodge, just in case the fire heads its direction. He put sprinklers on the roof of the vehicle maintenance building, and will use a hydrant and tender trailer if the fire heads that way.
He adds one piece of the lodge’s new renovations will help too.
“We replaced the old redwood shake roof—that would be just a tinderbox—with a new metal roof,” said Towle, “So that project just got completed in the nick of time. So hopefully that will help to protect the historic building.”
Down the mountain, you find Callahan’s Lodge and Restaurant. The co-owner says they’ve received countless calls asking about the fire, and if they’re open.
He adds they are, and they are ready in case the fire becomes a more serious threat.
“We have an evacuation plan in place,” Tim Self said. “We’re watching the wildfire almost hourly and I go out to a lookout point and check on it. “We’re in contact with the Sheriff and CAL FIRE so we can get really close updates.”
He added the building’s large parking lot and metal roof will help as a fire buffer as well.
At the time of this posting, the wind was blowing the fire back toward California. We will update you on the fire's progress here.