When I was visiting my son in Yellowstone last year about this time, I was sitting outside.. heard a pop then saw the hill begin to.birn from.lightening strike. Was crazy. Stay safe out there. In Spring i will be heading to Emigrant. Visiting son again. Fell in love with the area.
I'm a little north of Seattle, I woke to a red sun and litteral ash fall. Like bits have been falling from the sky like a light snow all day. Now I know why the pacific northwest needs to stay wet. We burn when we are dry. Pray for the fire fighers, there are 1000's of miles burning in the northwest. And the news hasn't been saying much.
The fires are still out of control, and probably will be until the weather changes. It's hard to keep track, there are over 1000 fires in 3 states. Some of them have merged, most of them are at 50% or less containment. I have quite a few friends in the middle of WA state that have been evacuated and don't know if their homes are safe. Most the fires are in uninhabited areas and protected forest so right now only a few are threatening populated areas, but they are still destroying our loved parks and if they spread could reach many small towns.
89% of WA's fires are thought to be people caused. Mostly campers not extiguishing their coals, and people setting off fireworks. Teens with fire works are thought to be the cause of the Columbia gorge fire. The rest are attributed to dry lightening strikes.