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9/20/2017 Well it's official my backup DSLR camera bit the dust today. I had a feeling it wouldn't last long. The technical reason is that these DSLR cameras have a mechanical "shutter" that are only rated from 40,000 to 80,000 photos before they fail. I took over 7,000 photos in just 2 weeks (you can see how this adds up quickly). It means these are not very good cameras for permanent installations. The Canon 5D series however is rated at 1 Million shutter releases. I saved up my money for at the Mt Adams camera last year and put a 5D Mark II there so it's running great now. However a used 5D Mark II costs $1,000. To date, donations have raised $385 so i'm 1/3 of the way to paying for a better camera that i'm planning to have running 24/7 overlooking the gorge near hood river. So until then it's been fun. I'll be posting more of the time lapse videos of the fire over the coming days/weeks if anyone is interested you can follow me here on Facebook and you should see the updates. Thank you for your kind words it was my pleasure to help provide live imagery of the fire hopefully it was helpful.

If you are interested in donating towards a new camera the donation information is below. My plan is to have a live 24/7 view of the Hood River valley when I save enough for a new camera.

9/19/2017 8:00pm update: I visited the camera tonight to find that indeed the Canon DSLR i had in there was dead. I dug into my box of older Canon cameras and pulled out one marked as "not working right" but it seems to be working ok for now we'll see how long it lasts.
9/19/2017 5:00pm update: Well the camera out in Stevenson has died. The computer and remote gear that run it are still working but the camera is unresponsive. I'm headed out to check on it but that's why it's not been updating since 12:30 today and that last image that is all pink is a bad sign. I may have to buy another camera the one i was using was used and i have taken over 7,000 images in the last few days of the fire so that can be stressing. I'll keep you posted with what i find tonight.
9/13/2017 9:00pm update: I have moved the camera up river near Carson, Washington and Home Valley. The view now looks southeast torwards the Hood River Valley in the distance.
9/7/2017 10:00pm update: With the help of my friend Don Cox we have rotated the camera tonight to the east. It is now facing the mill on the east side of Cascade Locks.
One thing to note with the images above is the evening images are using a long exposure (the settings are now in the image) to show the fire better than you could see it with your naked eye. It is much darker in person.

Welcome to the brand new Where in the Gorge webcam, I also run the Mtadams.tv webcam and my wife and I also own the Gorge Real Estate Buyers Guide
This camera is currently positioned facing Cascade Locks to give a live view of the Eagle Creek fire. It is a DSLR camera so in the evenings it will continue to operate and take night time long exposure photos so that we can still see where the fire is. Over time this camera may move to other locations.

Have questions or comments email me at [email protected] - Oca Hoeflein



Time Lapse of the evening of 9/4


To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email [email protected]


If you have been wondering who is the guy running this camera KGW in Portland did an interview with me.


Some of you have asked about donating and that is really kind. I do this to help and because I love the gorge but (as my wife likes to remind me) I have spent quite a bit of money on this project so if you can help great, if not no worries.

9/21/2017 Donation Update: Oh my gosh! Thank you all so much as of this evening you have donated enough to cover a new camera and I also have had a generous donation of a used Canon 5D Mark II! Wow i just can't thank you all enough! As a result i will be bringing back the whereintheGorge camera live next week from a sweet vantage point over the Hood River valley and will be looking into either buying another backup camera or building another complete camera rig for another amazing live Gorge view point (and i'm looking for an amazing viewpoint if you know someone that would like a camera like this on their property). I'm also thinking that it might be smart to have a more portable rig that could be available when incidents break out like the train derailment fire and other situations where it would be nice to be able to monitor the situation day or night.
Some have asked for an address to send money thank you in advance. You can send donations to P.O. Box 65524 Vancouver, WA 98665