Years of work by Trails Club members to clear brush and Vine Maple from the hillsides above the lodge probably saved Nesika Lodge from burning. Fire crept to the very edges of the building, but amazingly the lodge survived.
Looking towards the east. The hill behind Nesika was once covered in brush and Vine Maple, but club members cleared most of it in recent years to create a fire break.
The rock hauler is untouched!
The propane tank cage and the tanks inside remained intact.
Burning embers melted holes in the back porch roof, but none of them landed in a spot where they could set the wooden supports on fire.
The small water tank is undamaged!
View from the east.
The moat around the back of the lodge may have saved Nesika from burning.
Nesika Lodge is located on the rim of the Columbia River gorge and surrounded by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This stone and log structure was built by members of the Trails Club of Oregon.