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Where's the smoke from?


Last updated 8/3/2017 at 3:31pm

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A number of fires are burning in the Pacific Northwest and in British Columbia, the smoke of which has found its way to our area, and all over Washington, and is unhealthy to breathe.

Smoke clouds the view looking East up Lake Roosevelt from Grand Coulee Dam on Wednesday night.

Over 100 fires are reported as burning in British Columbia, including some quite large ones. The main culprits for the smoke from BC appear to be the Hanceville-Riske Creek fires, being managed together, which have burned 331,000 acres; the Elephant Hill fire has burned 207,000 acres; the Quesnel West fire has burned 88,000 acres; and the Tautri Complex has burned 84,000 acres according to

In Washington, the fires closest to the Grand Coulee Dam area include a 7,100-acre fire called the Diamond Creek Fire burning in the Pasayten Wilderness of the Okanogan National Forest, about 8.5 miles from the Canadian border in North Central Washington, and about 16 miles from the community of Mazama. Also, a lightning-caused, 2,400-acre fire is burning three miles east of Sullivan Lake in northern Pend Oreille County in the Colville National Forest.


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