Description: You said to contact you if anybody saw the glowing orange lights. I saw something tonight on the way home from Albany (heading towards Eugene on 1-5 South) that I can’t, and don’t want to try to explain. And in agreement with you, it COULD have been an optical illusion. Having said that I have driven up and down 1-5 for years (corporate sales) and have even worked in the woods for a number of years fighting forest fires (college years).
So here is what happened. I was about 4 or 5 miles north of the Coburg Exit, heading south. It was about 5:15 PM and just getting dark. As I was heading south towards Eugene (it was lightly raining) I saw what I thought was a fire at the top of the Coburg hills. The clouds were just touching the top of the mountains, so I couldn’t get a good view of what I was looking at. As I drove directly in front of the hills, the “fire” wasn’t a fire at all, but a bright, orange glow (like hot orange lava) and much larger and brighter than a fire. The closest description I could give was like a pool of hot lava (the hot glowing orange) sitting on top of the mountain with the clouds just barely covering enough that I could never see clearly. The glow was probably about 1/4 mile long and went from the top of the mountain to about 200 feet into the clouds. As I stated earlier, I have fought a number of forest fires, and know what they look like, even behind clouds. And it was definitely not a fire. What it was I have no idea. I have never seen like it in 20 years of driving up and down 1-5 and I imagine (and to be honest, hope) I never see it again.
Note: Sunset was at 4:52 PM so the witness did not see the Sun peeking through the overcast or reflecting off of the clouds. In nearby Eugene a few clouds were measured at 1,300 feet skies were mostly cloudy at 2,400 feet. Therefore whatever caused the orange glow was fairly low in the sky.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory.