We experience the eerie, smoky sunsets. We hear the fire names like Wolverine and North Star.
These are just small glimpses into the huge picture of the West’s wildfires in 2015. Randy Eardly sees that long view at the National Interagency Fire Center. He told KUOW's David Hyde that nearly 1.3 million acres have burned so far in Washington and Oregon.
Don Nelson, Methow Valley News owner and publisher, speaks with KUOW's Kim Malcolm.
Driving back to the cabin last night, I encountered almost no traffic on Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop.
It is a Sunday night in August, the heart of what has been a record year for tourism here, Labor Day and the rodeo coming up, and the RVs, motorcycles and station wagons with fully laden bike racks are somewhere else that has not been evacuated or cut off from its main flow of visitors. Even Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe, which would usually be hopping with people loading up two – no, make that three – scoops of home-made ice cream onto a delicate waffle cone is closed and quiet.