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  •  Slight clarification. (5+ / 0-)

    Waitsburg is HQ for the Columbia Complex Fire in SE WA - my county, Columbia, being hard hit. This fire has been described as of the highest priority.

    The Tripod Fire is further north, in Goldmark's own Okanogan County and sadly much larger.

    The hostess of Peter's stop in Starbuck informed me that he made quite an impression, converting a few of our Republican neighbors on the spot in a brief q and a. There is a reason the money is flowing to this campaign.

    •  thank you for your clarification! (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Fire Trivia (2+ / 0-)
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      murphy, melvin

      If you follow melvin's Columbia Complex link, you can find some pictures of a DC-10 (same size as a 747) dropping retardant. That fire is at about 93,000 acres, but about half is in grass and wheat fields.

      In addition to Tripod at 161,000 acres, the Tatoosh fire is a little farther west (N of Mazama) at 31,000 acres in the Pasayten Wilderness (now closed) and has crossed into Canada.

      You can find info on all of the major WA State fires here. There are a total of about 300,000 acres involved in fire in WA alone, and resources (firefighters, aircraft, etc) are severely strained, esp since firefighters are now starting to go back to school or to their fall/winter jobs.

      And the weather forecast for the next 3 weeks remains hot and dry - our last rainfall was sometime in early July (not unusual).

      In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. - George Orwell

      by badger on Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 01:36:40 PM PDT

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