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Is the next big burn coming to western Washington? | Greener Edmonds


Last updated 8/12/2021 at 9:12am

An example of climate change impacts is playing out 100 miles to the northeast of us in the Methow Valley. Major fires there are now a regular occurrence. With the nation’s worst air quality, someone said Winthrop was like Mordor ¬– J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth – this summer.

Immediate impacts include the most obvious one: breathing. But the Methow Valley is also suffering from a crash in tourism income as recreation roads close and smoke becomes the view.

Four of the five worst Washington fire years over the past two decades have happened in the last five years. This y...

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