Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: Be safe in this horrible fire season

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Aug 15, 2015 10:37 AM CST
Sending good karma to all affected. Stay safe, be cautious, and hoping for rain.
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Aug 15, 2015 11:44 AM CST
This is bad, we have a house over on the north shore hope it's ok. BIL is near Sun Cove on the river and trying to get up to Chelan to see if everything is ok. Not my primary residence but still worried. Stay safe my friends in Chelan.
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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Aug 15, 2015 12:24 PM CST
I hope your place is OK Julia - the fires are burning on several fronts in that area and last night there were a lot of road closures. I don't believe you could get into Chelan at all with both 97 and 97A closed as well as the road from Chelan Falls. We've got gusty winds again today up in the Methow, but so far blue skies. It was windy enough last night that the fire jumped the Columbia and is now burning up in McNeil Canyon. Scary stuff.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 15, 2015 6:38 PM CST
I'm following the news on Facebook. Scary stuff indeed!
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 19, 2015 6:15 PM CST

lauribob, hows it going in twisp?
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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Aug 19, 2015 10:11 PM CST
It's pretty bad here - 3 firefighters lost their lives today. I can see the glow of the fire over the ridge and the smoke is horrible. We have a pretty big green space around our house and the Methow river on one side so we are safe for now and praying we don't get high winds tomorrow as predicted. Twisp and Winthrop are evacuated and the only way out of the valley right now is to Pateros, with both the Loup and the North Cross closed right now.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 19, 2015 10:38 PM CST
We will be heading for Chelan Friday and return here Saturday night. I hope the weather is wrong. Stay safe.
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Aug 19, 2015 11:34 PM CST
Yes, do stay safe.

I am so sorry to hear about the firefighter deaths.

I am grateful that the three major fire complexes in Trinity County are on the other side of the mountain. All I have to deal with is the smoke.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 22, 2015 5:26 PM CST
A few images from Chelan. Very sad to see so much damage.
Thumb of 2015-08-22/springcolor/00fa91 The butte, the fire started here i guess


Thumb of 2015-08-22/springcolor/98a196 Very smokey but can clear when the wind changes direction


Thumb of 2015-08-22/springcolor/ea1605 Some of the burnt power poles. In the back ground PUD still working on repairs.



Thumb of 2015-08-22/springcolor/204658 Fruit warehouse.


Thumb of 2015-08-22/springcolor/273133


Thumb of 2015-08-22/springcolor/9fc75b Lumber supply

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Aug 22, 2015 9:55 PM CST
Thanks for the visuals, Julia. Hope everyone stays safe on the east side.
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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Aug 23, 2015 8:57 AM CST
Is your place OK Julia?
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 23, 2015 8:57 AM CST
Yes, it's good. We are on the north shore. How are you doing?
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 23, 2015 9:03 AM CST
Hi Deb, thought people would like to see that the news people are showing the real thing and not sensationalizing. We did not go up lake on the south shore just wanted to check out house. So sorry for all the people that have lost there homes and for the families of the 3 young firefighters.
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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Aug 23, 2015 9:08 AM CST
Things have calmed down here and the wind is calm. Very smoky with poor air quality, but the power is back on and there are more firefighters pouring into the county every day.
Thumb of 2015-08-23/lauribob/106b06
Sunset before the Twisp fire blew up

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 23, 2015 9:27 AM CST
That is beautiful.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Aug 23, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Just read that this year's firestorm has broken previous records. Not something to be proud of, and hopefully not a growing trend. Yikes.
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Aug 24, 2015 12:07 AM CST
I heard that they have been asking civilians that are experienced heavy machine operators to come help. While in Chelan we saw Taylor's tree and logging service in the apple cup cafe. They had some kind of giant tree cutting/winch machine on a wide load trailer. Also on the way home saw lots of big excavators and such coming over the pass. Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Aug 24, 2015 8:08 AM CST
We have firefighters from all over the world here now - Canada, Australia, New Zealand. I saw a cool video of some firefighters from South Africa who are up in B.C. They got in a circle and did this kind of chant and dance thing, all dressed up in their yellow shirts and green pants before they headed out. How do we get the dancing firemen?!

I think it's great that they are making it easier for civilians to help out. Lots of people around here are experienced, own equipment, and are dying to just help out anyway they can. I think they have some kind of program going now that helps people get their red card faster with some kind of quickie refresher course if they have some experience as well.
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Aug 24, 2015 9:15 AM CST
Things any better to day? Makes me feel great that people from around the world want to help!
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 24, 2015 9:17 AM CST
The smoke on this side of the mountains has really cleared up today. I am not sure if that came from the eastern fires or from Newhalem. Did you get it down your way, Julia?
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