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  • Last week I went to eastern WA on work to lead energy audits in two WA State Parks. The date had been set up two months ago - so when wild fires started early in September we did not make plans for cancel our audits.

    This pictures is in the hills above Wenatchee WA - which is 30 miles east of Leavenworth, WA where I was staying since my boss lives their and I have friends in the village since I lived their also in the early 80's.

    Last Tuesday we drove three hours north along the Columbia River to the first park to audit. We passed at least four large wild fires and the smoke became a constant park of the air all week.

    We returned to Leavenworth that afternoon to find the smoke had encircled the town. The next day we drove back to Wenatchee to audit a park on the river bank in the city ... we were not surprised to find the park closed to visitors since the fire fighters had the camp full of large food service tents and hundreds of small tents for fighters to rest before going back to 16 hour wage shifts.

    I talk to friends and family in CO and ID and hear of fires all over the west again this summer. The climate change is real and we do see more fires every year.

    photo by Cushman
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