Today is the 105th anniversary of something called “The Big Blow-up”. In the summer of 1910, lightning ignited hundreds of small fires across the northwest. On August 20 and 21, a dry cold front brought huge winds which fanned the flames and produce a monstrous forest fire. It is estimated that 3 million acres burned, and 85 men were killed fighting the fire.
This morning, there are once again dozens of fires burning across the region, and thousands of firefighters on the lines. A strong dry cold front is forecast to bring strong winds to the region today. The similarities are eerie. I hope we learned something about wind and fire all those years ago. I hope that every firefighter survives this day. No human life is worth saving a house from a wildfire.