# Zasláno: 12 Bře 2021 06:51
GATES, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Bend resident Dave Ewing was heading home on state Highway 22 in the Valley on Monday night, like many vacation weekend travelers, if he began seeing and wow classic gold dodging fallen trees.
Amid a slowed line of visitors came the unmistakable sound of one tree after another falling and snapping.
"Trees were falling right and left," Ewing said after he parked in a nearby rest area. "Everybody's being turned around.
Ewing shared photographs on Facebook of the neighboring fire orange glow, and trees going up on a nearby hillside -- the way nearby was hard to tell in the dark.
"Wow -- it's a nightmare," he wrote, observing fire crews head up the highway.
Scenes such as that were being repeated across much of the state, as a called windstorm came to pass amid high fire threat, sending trees toppling onto homes and highways and causing wildfires to spread fast, such as one that closed Highway 97 north of Chiloquin.
By late Monday night, based on ODOT TripCheck, a nearly 70-mile stretch of Highway 22, west from the intersection with Highway 20, was closed as a result of the fires and also downed trees. State Highway 126 was closed by means of a wildfire, four kilometers west of McKenzie Bridge.
ODOT advised early Tuesday the wildfires had closed a nearly 70-mile stretch (milepost 82 to 13) of country Highway 22 between Stayton and the Santiam Junction with Highway 20, along with buy wow gold classic also a 26-mile stretch (milepost 28-54) of nation Highway 126 (that the McKenzie Highway) involving Vida and state Highway 242.