Washington State wildfires continue to devour our landscape with devastating effects to wildlife and human residents. We evacuated during level 3—returned to level 1 and severe smoke. Consider us relatively unscathed.
Those who valiantly fight these fires battle exhaustion and extreme hazardous conditions, even as three Forest Service people lost their lives and others are injured. Weeping as I write this.
Pictures speak the language best. Here’s the situation.
Wildfire map 8-21-2015 with 100 square miles burned since then.
Wildfire at night
Smoke from space 8-23-1015
What a sunny day looks like
Trying not to inhale
Our way out
Acrid air & low visibility
Bunny grazing on groundcover in our driveway
When we can see Lake Osoyoos, it’s a lake of fire—2 days ago
Fawn with smoke as backdrop.
Another flare up across the Canadian border—2 days ago
Too close for comfort on Hwy 97 near Tonasket.
Rainbows in moderate smoke—yesterday morning.