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Last updated 9/24/2020 at 5:30pm

Brian Soergel

Smoke blankets Edmonds.

Between 1997 and 2019, Washington and Oregon had 26 fires over 100,000 acres. This week, we have eight.

This is not a normal year.

A month ago, it looked like the Pacific Northwest was going to get away with another year of low wildfires, like we did in 2019. Then everything changed ¬– three fires in Washington over 100,000 acres, five in Oregon, smoke choking the region.

What happened? Did we see it coming?

In mid-August, the region was relatively wet. The Evaporative Demand Drought Index, EDDI, indicated Washington and Oregon were mostly above normal for moisture, with the exceptio...



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