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Old 08-17-2015, 11:52 AM   #15
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Thank you, all. Thee websites are perfect. Safe travels to you. jon
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:00 PM   #16
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Wild Fire Web Site

We are traveling through CO and headed north to WY, MT, ID and BC so thanks for the info everyone.
Here is another good site for fire info:
InciWeb the Incident Information System: Current Incidents
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:22 PM   #17
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Always wise to check ahead in the mountain states. We listen to NPR out of Spokane, Washington. More areas are being evacuated in eastern Washington, and Forest Service campgrounds are being closed in northern Idaho around Coeur d'Alene.

Our local fire is still nowhere near our house-- thankfully there's a big wetland wildlife preserve and farmland between the fire and us. We were getting a good view of it from our deck, though, till the smoke got so thick we can't even see the mountains across the valley anymore. Today is pretty breezy, which doesn't help the fire crews.

And yes, we are talking about our bug-out bag and plans, in a "what if" way.
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:09 PM   #18
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We just drove rt 12 from Orofino, ID to Lolo, MT. Lots of smoke, closed campgrounds and trails. Another round of evacuations is starting up. They've had some serious losses-50 home and 75 outbuildings in Kamiah. We just arrived at a friends house in Hamilton, MT to spend a few days and he got called to go out there to help with logistics for the Red Cross.


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Old 08-20-2015, 04:56 PM   #19
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Fires burning all over Eastern Washington. My son in law is driving a dozer on a fire north of Omak, over 300,000 acres burning after last year that saw over 200,000 acres burnt. The Evergreen state is going to be the burnt ember state if this keeps up much longer. 3 firefighters lost their lives and 4 more were injured one severely. Entire towns are being evacuated and forces from all over are being mobilized. If you see a firefighter, a national guard member, a red cross worker make sure you thank them. Also, many, many local citizens are providing help and support at home and on site. These are trying times.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:37 PM   #20
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We have often had to travel through areas where the smoke from the wildfires was strong. I carry fairly good quality dust masks in the tow vehicle just in case we need them. Have had to use them in the past... ugh!
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:05 AM   #21
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we have also been forced to drive through forest fire smoke and haze. right now, much of central WA has hazardous air quality because of the smoke and particulate content in the air. best to avoid this all together.

winds last night and today, Friday, gusting to 45 mph which is not going to provide any relief for those on the fire lines. the burn outs are minimally effective because of these winds. N Cascades hwy is closed to travel, the towns of Winthrop and Twisp have been evacuated, whole towns, and now the town of Omak is wondering what to do next.

and of course, fires are also burning further E of those locations and into BC. we have definitely cancelled our travel plans for the swing through SE BC this September, bummer, but nature is now in control, not us. in fact, i don't know how we would even be able to get to a central WA border crossing right now to enter the province. its an ugly situation with many, many homes lost to these fires. my heart goes out to all of these people who have lost everything in these fires.

if you think you are going to travel through these areas, you had best start checking the various sources of uptodate information including WSDOT for road info. the situation is quite fluid and things are changing quite rapidly.

be careful out there, this is a very serious series of events that have no end in sight.
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:41 AM   #22
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Looks like all they can do is wait for the winter rains to put them out. My favorite NP, Glacier, has the Thompson fire going on right now, over 15k acres. What a shame for all the states and Canada this year.

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You folks in central & eastern Washington have it much worse than we do. Our local border crossing (Porthill, ID) is open. Thankfully, with cooler temps today and a too-brief rain shower, at least the air isn't so thick with smoke.

Stay safe!
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You folks in central & eastern Washington have it much worse than we do. Our local border crossing (Porthill, ID) is open. Thankfully, with cooler temps today and a too-brief rain shower, at least the air isn't so thick with smoke.

Stay safe!

Eastern WA is not a happy place this week if you need to breathe. Lots of smoke! Today there are high wind warnings as well; extra bad news on the fire lines.
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I just downloaded a good iPhone app Wildland Fire Map. Works well.


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Thanks for the link it will come in handy in planing trips to avoid fire areas.
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Need to stay on this thread as we are headed for BC next week. Hope things calm down.
It always seems to rain when we head north so maybe it will this time.


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It always seems to rain when we head north so maybe it will this time.
I hope your luck continues, we need the water!
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:07 PM   #28
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Interactive map of wildfires in the U.S. | The Seattle Times

this might help you out as you are doing your planning. fires are everywhere and the air quality is deemed hazardous from Omak all the way down to Ellensburg. not sure how far east these warning are posted but worth checking out before you saddle up.
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