It was one of those summers....thousands of acres burning in the Eagle Caps of the Wallowa Mountains. There were four named fires, manned by hundreds of firefighters. In the wilderness, the policy is to "monitor" the fires; lower down where there are ranches and tiny hamlets, the goal is to suppress. Unfortunately, the "monitored" fires jump into popular areas, threatening long-established camping areas.
So the view this summer was smoke.
Scary-- I'm glad it was nowhere near you. We had a couple of very smokey days, but not as bad as last year.
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