It happens every year, but it is always sad. Forest fires end up burning so much beautiful countryside, cost a fortune to control, and they put lots of lives and treasured properties in danger. Monday night a lightning storm blew through igniting 3 fires in the Garden Valley area. Since then the skies have been filled with smoke and with helicopters – lots of helicopters.
Command Center is set up at the Cascade Airport where helicopters are dispatched with their long cables and dangling water buckets, ready to dip water from the body of water nearest the fire. It is an amazing thing to watch.