Your Connection To Jazz, Blues and NPR News
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Smoke Continues To Create Haze In Central Washington

Smoke continues to create a haze over central Washington. Several wildfires are burning near Wenatchee.

This infrared satellite image shows smoke rising from several fires in central Washington. Image by National Weather Service
/
/
This infrared satellite image shows smoke rising from several fires in central Washington. Image by National Weather Service

I’m standing at the top of Blewett Pass, west of Wenatchee on Highway 97. The elevation here is about 4,100 feet. But the air here is just clogged with this peach colored smoke.

Just looking off into the forest, you can barely see more than a 100 yards in the distance. And the trees just sort of fade away into the smoke.

I was told that the closest fire to where I’m standing right now is just a mile and a half away. And there are dozens and dozens of others that crews are now battling. Even as I stand here, I can see ash falling out of the air and onto my clothes.

One thing that is interesting is that its kind of chilly up here. And that could give crews some relief is that they try to fight the fires in central Washington.

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.
Related Content