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Sat Aug 22, 2015, 12:44 PM

Current wildland fires, map. Lots of fires, scary

It is centered on the Okanogan Complex in WA but is national if you pan out or around. Crosshatched is what has been burnt, fire perimeter, red dots are currently burning hot.

The big blobs in the middle, Okanogan Complex, is near where the 3 firefighters were killed last week. (They were outside Twisp.) Between the 2 big unnamed blobs are the towns of Okanogan and Omak, which looks like were mostly saved from the fire.

This complex blew up this week, being not only very dry but winds of 30 with gusts to 60. The winds settled down last night and hopefully that'll really help. Pres Obama has declared various emergencies, the National Guard has been called out, but the biggest problem has been the winds.

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=48.555457%2C-118.375521&z=8&t=m%2CMODIS_from_ESRI%2CFire_perimeter&q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.propertylinemaps.com%2Fp%2Fpublic_land_map%2FUSA%2FUSA_wildland_fire_2.txt

ETA a facebook map also.

To help with the confusion people are having about which fire is causing smoke where, and which parts of the state are on fire and which are not, I have created an updated fire map that will make things a bit easier for everyone to understand and something you can share with people from other states/countries wondering what it's like here right now.

Feel free to share if you are trying to explain the situation to others.

For reference, Mordor is in the lower right corner.

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Sat Aug 22, 2015, 12:52 PM

1. Yipes

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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 12:54 PM

2. I added a second map, not sure if you saw it.

I've family over there, it's been something. Even here in the wet part of the state we have a fire in the rainforest. It was a beautiful June, got scary in July and while I am not looking forward to being cold and damp for months, this year it will be a great relief.

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Response to uppityperson (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 01:08 PM

3. Thank you.

We went through the wildfires last year, the Carlton complex, and now this year it's all around us again. I live in the Brewster area and we have had lots of the smoke from the Methow area as well as the smoke coming down from the Okanogan area. My dad lives in Malott and has come down every night since Wednesday to stay. They lost electricity from Malott over to Twisp and Wintrhop. Malott is back on this morning, don't know about the Twisp area.

Here is a link to the emergency management site for Okanogan county's Facebook page. It has a lot to information. I go to this site because it is more accurate than the media sources.

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Response to uppityperson (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 01:52 PM

5. It's been a pretty awful year for fires.

Over 5 million acres have burned up here, but we finally got some rain and have been able to send our firefighters south. Stay safe.

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Sat Aug 22, 2015, 10:38 PM

6. Video from Okanogan, showing how 30 mph winds with gusts to 60 move a fire along briskly

The winds have settled a bit today but they are expected to pick back up tomorrow.

https://www.facebook.com/KOMONews/videos/926568584078141

Amazing video out of Okanogan County overnight shows just how fast the fire has been moving. This was taken south of the town of Okanogan off US-97 looking west. Winds have been fierce in the area Friday afternoon, and we have the latest on the wildfires here: http://bit.ly/1Pqxuzf<

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