My cousin posted about evacuating their farm and horses.
Burning around the old Finkel house, where my family lived when I was a baby. A lot of lost pasture and hay.
All over the area, news articles posted about livestock and pastures being lost.
The area around highway 12 and Kamiah burned.
Fire crews from Canada and even Australia came to help. Local volunteers trained as relief crews for the exhausted firefighters who were working non-stop.
This repurposed DC-10 flew over the school in Chelan, Washington, trying to save the buildings.
Wind from the west brought smoke into our town, even though the actual fires were miles away. The air quality index dropped to "hazardous."
The photo of this firefighter circled the Internet. After a 32-hour shift, the photographer reported that the man sat down and fell asleep within seconds, despite the small blaze just behind him.
Comparison photo in Lewiston, 35 miles south of us, where my parents live.
A friend and I had planned to walk downtown, but instead we drove. Even walking between buildings caused my asthma to flare and my eyes to burn.
School started at the University, but the students had to brave the smoke to get to class, and outdoor activities were canceled.
A reprieve of blue sky! We took a few deep breaths and went for a walk.
August 29 (today)
Curly and Mister made homemade masks.
The weather forecast predicts a bit of rain. We're all hoping there is enough rain to help the firefighters, but not lightning to start new fires.
Updated: it did rain a bit tonight!!! It smells heavenly.