Editor Digger Barr reports from her home in Spokane, where “wildfires” are decreasing after Tropical Storm Hilary.
Aug. 21, 2023 5:21 PM
In one hour the breezes of [Tropical Storm] Hilary swept into the region and aqi [air quality index] dropped 150 pts in some areas. Its now at 157 in my area and rain in the forecast. I beat the drum… [500 is considered unsafe for humans.]
On the fires, things have been shifting and positive progress made, albeit slowly. Unlike the quick results from the storm, lives will be very slow in repairing. I learned today that many of the 183 homes burned belong to retired military.
Replacing their homes will not happen quickly or even this year. It can’t. Winter could be as early as 2 months away. Fortunately Fairchild Airforce Base has opened up for them.
Over 5000 people have been displaced in the one fire alone. Even if the house stands they cannot return until future notice.
In the other large fire called the Oregon fire, 80 homes have been lost. Unlike the Medical Lake / Gray Road fire, these people are not supported by the Miltary base.
That fire continued to create evacuations throughout the day today. More of a valley and mountainous region, it has different challenges. That area is on the North side of Spokane about 15 minutes from our northern-most and highly-populated suburb.
Tomorrow may be a completely different day.