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Today is last day of smoke as winds turn “on-shore” Sunday –
A summary: western fires issues and how to handle in the future

– Editor’s Note:
The National Weather Service predicts winds becoming from the southwest on Sunday, allowing on-shore flow, much cooler temperatures, and something we have not seen in the forecast since June 21st, “rain.”

“Smoke from regional wildfires clouds the sun in Cle Elum
and surrounding areas, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.
Photo credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times

– “The West had a snowy winter, so why the fiery summer?”
“Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western forests and grassland, putting 2017 on track to be among the worst fire seasons in a decade.

A snowy winter across much of the West raised hopes that 2017 wouldn’t be a dried-out, fire-prone year, but a hot, dry summer spoiled that.”

“Here’s what happened, and how bad things are:
* How did we get here?
* How big are the fires?
* What about climate change?
* Tree-eating beetles
* Who’s fighting the fires?
* How bad are the losses?
* What about all the smoke?
* How much has firefighting cost?
* Don’t some fires help the environment?”
By Dan Elliott, Associated Press with contributing writers Matt Volz in Helena, Montana, and Andrew Selsky in Salem, Oregon. Read more

– “Wildfires rage across the West & how we pay to fight them is broken.”
“81 large fires are burning on almost 1.5 million acres in the U.S. To pay to fight these fires, Congress must fund wildfire fighting the same way other natural disasters are funded,” by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Read more

– Senator Wyden has proposed many Bills and ideas in tha last week to fight western fires
“Wyden, DeFazio Urge UAS Use to Fight Wildfires”
Sep 14, 2017
Press Release
“U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio today asked federal officials what’s being done to deploy more unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to fight wildfires raging throughout Oregon and the West.”
Click here

Posted by Steve on September 16, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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