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August 25, 2018



My friend who works for the Forest Service in Montana told me that they are recommending that if folks want to a really see much in the west to travel early in the summer as fires and smoken in the West causing problems by August is pretty much the new normal. Firewise is a new word I learned this year, meaning to get your personal environment (yard around a house and such) trimmed back so a wildfire doesn't spread to the structure. They have classes on how to do that here in Northern Arizona. The new normal. My 87 yo Mom has her to-go bag packed 24/7 and has her evacuation plan in place. I just turn the key in my motorhome, hopefully with Mom along for the trip.


I'm still hoping to make it to ID this year - if I go, I won't likely arrive there until late SEP.

Usually, fall is a great time to be in the west - temps are OK and the tourists are gone.

This year, Idaho is relatively unscathed (but holy cow! look at the historical fire map! the whole state looks to have burned in the last 20 years!) but I'm watching very closely. My visit - if it happens - will have to walk the fine balance between fire and snow.

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