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Old 08-23-2015, 02:51 PM   #15
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The Okanagan fires in Washington are I suspect the ones to watch right now as they are a big threat to a number of towns on both sides of the border having already resulted in some town evacuations and homes lost. Approx. 5100 homes are currently threatened.

Washington State has called on the public to volunteer to help with fires. Something that has never happened in Washington state history before. Last time I recall having heard/seen that happen was in the 70's here in BC during one very bad wild fire season.
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:56 PM   #16
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We left Grand Teton this morning with the same haze on the mountains as in the picture. Paul, back home we have a picture taken a few years ago in June with lots of snow and a clear blue sky. Quite the contrast.

We travelled through Yellowstone and ended up in a NFS campground east of the Beartooth highway. Clear blue sky here but still a hint of smoke. Yellowstone was busy but nothing like our previous June visit. Not a lot of traffic and most of the campgrounds had sites open so they did not fill Saturday night.

While I'm sure we could have made it to the coast, these are not the conditions for travel in that direction and trying to go to the places we'd like to see could very well put us in the way, the last thing we would want to do. We're off to explore the Bighorn mountains.

Let's hope rain comes to the PNW soon. Despite mans best efforts that's really the solution to this nightmare. Stay safe, Raz
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Please stay safe Bob.
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Not to worry... Judith and I are signed up as support staff, to free up other top go to more demanding tasks. My best line will be "Can I supersize that coffee for you?" LOL
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Not to worry... Judith and I are signed up as support staff, to free up other top go to more demanding tasks. My best line will be "Can I supersize that coffee for you?" LOL
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I am humbled and very grateful for this forum especially tonight. My husband and I know a young couple who are driving to Seattle right now, headed west from Indiana and currently in Wisconsin. I sent them all of the road closures that are mentioned above and the link to the Fire Center. As I see on the "events" map inside that link, I am wondering if they can make it by heading to Seattle from the south part of the State? Regardless, they are now alerted to the smoke issues and potential shifts that may affect their travels. We are all praying for Ty and Erin! Thank you all, S & J
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Sending good thoughts for Ty and Erin also.
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:30 AM   #22
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Steve & Julie...your friends should do fine if they take I90 from the East rather than go through the upper par t of the state. Unless the state has even more fires, that route shpuld be fine. It's a pretty straight shot into Seattle using 90. Always best to check weather on a daily basis under these conditions regardless.
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So this doesn't keep getting lost....
Help for WA Firefighters and Fire Victims

Sid (in MN) thoughtfully asked if I could formulate a list of organizations that are helping assist with the Firefighters, Families of Fire Fighters and Victims of the Chelan and Okanagan Complex Fires currently burning in Washington State so as to be able to offer help and donations.

I called Judith and she stopped at the Chelan Fire Station and got this list:`

Chelan Complex and Okanagan Complex Fire Donations
Chelan Valley Hope
Assists Victims of Chelan Complex and Okanagan Complex Fires
417 S. Bradley Street
Chelan, WA 98816
509-888-2114
http://chelanvalleyhope.org/

Wildland Firefighter Foundation
Assists Firefighters and Families of Firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty
2049 Airport Way
Bose, ID 83705
208-336-2996
http://www.wffoundation.org

Chelan County Fire District #1
232 E. Wapato
Chelan, WA
509-682-4476
http://www.chelancountyfire.com/

Okanogan County Fire District 6
P.O. Box 895
Winthrop, WA. 98862
Phone: 509-997-2981
http://okanogancountyfd6.com/
Of course any and all help will be appreciated.
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Washington States website is also asking people to donate to the Red Cross.
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I am humbled and very grateful for this forum especially tonight. My husband and I know a young couple who are driving to Seattle right now, headed west from Indiana and currently in Wisconsin. I sent them all of the road closures that are mentioned above and the link to the Fire Center. As I see on the "events" map inside that link, I am wondering if they can make it by heading to Seattle from the south part of the State? Regardless, they are now alerted to the smoke issues and potential shifts that may affect their travels. We are all praying for Ty and Erin! Thank you all, S & J
I-90 all the way may not be a good idea this week. There is a part of it that loops up to Spokane and that's a bit further north than I would suggest right now,

Safest route to avoid smoke and other issues might be to link up with the I-84 in Lewiston, ID, follow that to Portlandia (Great trip through the Columbia Gorge, a real plus), and then up to Seattle on the I-5. A bit longer, but still great hiway all the way.

OR one could follow the I-84 to the I-82 near Umatilla, OR and connect to the I-90 from there.

Unfortunately, if they are already well invested in the I-90 from the east, there aren't a lot of choices available.
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