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NATURAL DISASTER RUNDOWN:

Hurricane Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. She's knocked out Puerto Rico's feeble power grid, caused much worse destruction in other islands, and she's headed straight toward Florida. Get out, Florida.


In Mexico, a massive magnitude 8.2 earthquake has killed dozens, and had buildings shaking violently hundreds of miles away from its epicenter.

And in the gorge, a fire is still burning largely uncontained. Officials have been ferrying reporters through the damage, meaning new notions of just what's being lost. "Among the most popular attractions in the affected area besides Angel's Rest are Punchbowl Falls, Tunnel Falls, Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls and Eagle Creek."

The fire is apparently the highest priority wildfire in the nation, and I-84 near the blaze will be closed through the weekend.

But what of the Vancouver teen who allegedly started the blaze? The Trib has a smart story tying Eagle Creek to the death-by-kid of Eugene's Civic Stadium in 2015, and explaining that it's hard to prove these things are done by "malice."

Other stuff: OPB has a good rundown of what the fire means for Portland's water supply. And the O talked to the woman who took those batshit crazy photos of people golfing as the gorge burned behind them.

Oh! And it turns out that careless adolescent firework antics helped established the town of Cascade Locks in the 1930s, even as they're threatening it today.

NON-DISASTER STUFF:

We reported yesterday that Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has lodged her former deputy chief of staff in two of the bureaus she controls, an arrangement that allows Eudaly to pay Dave Austin more than he could have made on her staff.

Also, an expected shake-up has hit the city's beleaguered Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and managers are packing their bags

Donald Trump has nominated an assistant US attorney from Oregon to join the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. US Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden say they'll block that nomination—and they apparently have that power.

Loving this forecast.

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