Fire

The ban has lifted.

My husband and I love to sit by a campfire. Who doesn’t?

We had to wait until the burn ban was lifted before we could have one and the other day it finally was.

Eastern Washington is a wildfire waiting to happen. Being dry and moderately arid out here, it seems as if there’s always a fire somewhere during the summertime.

Recently, there was an especially large one just past the neighboring town of Kettle Falls on the far side of the Columbia River. It lasted for a couple of weeks before they gained control of it. While out and about, we watched helicopters dip water buckets into the Columbia river then head back to the fire. It was impressive to watch.

During fire season, there seems to be a perpetual haze in the sky. The air quality was so bad once, you could see the haze inside the grocery store. It seemed as if almost every day we’d hear the siren going off, summoning all hands to a fire.

With the all-clear, we had our first fire tonight.

I’d like to eventually create a nice sitting area around the fire pit, with rocks set into the ground like a patio.

Since the times when fires are allowed is short, we’re looking forward to some some evenings out here before the snow and cold arrive once again.