Last week, I was visiting loved ones in the Pacific Northwest, which included some sweet sight-seeing adventures. Our drive out was lovely with delightful green trees through and past the Snoqualmie pass (isn't that a gorgeous photo – this is a photo that is in the public domain and I just had to share the sweet surprise hiding up in the mountains.
The next day, though, things had changed and as a result, most of our trip's memories are scented with the smell of fires burning in the distance. Each day, we looked at smoky vistas that reminded me of Southern California on its smoggiest of smog days!
It was obvious that fires were burning, but where? Heading to good old Google, I found some great sites to keep us updated and added them to my real estate Pinterest Boards:
Forest Fire Resources for The United State
- Active Fire Maps – This was my favorite. It has current large incidents in color and covers the whole country
- Wildfire Today News and Info – also covers the whole country
How handy! AND educational as we gasped at the number of fires burning in various rural areas.
Rain – Hooray!
Today, as I got up early to head to my Keller Williams Realty office, I heard the welcome sound of rain that had started the night before and decorated my tree branches with delicate raindrops! I'm hoping this will end many of the fires and more rain will spread to other areas in need – including California, home of so many dear ones of mine.
And don't forget to follow that beloved forest icon's advice. Per Smokey the Bear, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” And that's just so vital right now with conditions so hot and dry all along the west coast from Washington on down to California and beyond. So to quote one other fave TV character – “Let's all be careful out there!” (Any takers on who said that and where?) 🙂