Relief from the Smoke Haze

Not sure how many people realize just how serious the fires are here in the Pacific Northwest states. We are burning up in a lot of places with all the forest and brush fires, especially in the dry, eastern regions of Washington and Oregon. Idaho has their share, as well as California. Hundreds of homes have burned. We are now getting fire fighting help from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. The Okanogan Fire Complex in my state of Washington is now officially the largest fire in the state’s history. We’ve lost 3 firefighters as of last week, and one is in critical condition in a hospital burn unit in Seattle. Our hearts go out to all people involved, as well as those who have lost family members fighting the fires.

The winds shift directions at times to waft the smoke over the Cascade Mountains to the west side of the state. This past weekend has been the worst I have ever experienced with smoke haze. You could smell it, as well. The smoke haze extended all the way over to the coast. I found this out by going for a drive to the coast this past weekend, hoping I could find relief there. No such luck, although it was not as bad. The only plus side of all this haze has been the dramatic sunsets it creates. Today, the winds have shifted and have blown much of the smoke out of the region.

I visited one of my favorite travel destinations on the Washington coast, the Westport Winery. It has been continually rated as one of the best wineries in this part of the state. While there, I had an exquisite lunch in their restaurant area. And, their desserts are to die for! Never skimpy portions! Here are a few images of the winery with some of their beautiful flower garden blooms and outdoor art sculptures.

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I highly recommend visiting the Westport Winery to anyone. It’s a fun place to visit!

All photos are property of Peggy A Thompson.

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5 Responses to Relief from the Smoke Haze

  1. Gunta says:

    Watching news reports of the fires in Central WA is pretty horrific. We’re getting some wildfires, but there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of smoke down this way. Still some haze for sunsets, but I’m missing most of those other than checking them out on some webcams.

    • Thanks for the report, Gunta! I know there are some fires in southern Oregon, as well. Glad you aren’t getting much of that smoke haze. It’s awful. I see where Crater Lake National Park has fires, too. Some of the park roads are closed or limited. Some days on their web cam you can barely see the lake due to all the smoke. Pray for rain! We are supposed to get some this weekend up here.

  2. The outdoor art is particularly appealing. I know on both sides of the border it’s bad this year. Some of the smoke from those fires has influenced sunsets all the way east here to Ontario and Quebec.

  3. The wild fires are so awful, Peggy. The winery looks and sounds really gorgeous, and hubby would be very happy that the desserts aren’t ‘skimpy’. 🙂

    • Yes, these fires are the worst in our history. Not only are homes and property being destroyed and lives lost, but the throngs of horses and cattle that are predominant in that part of Washington are at risk, too. Nobody knows what to do with all of them. Poor things.
      And yes, your hubby would love dining at Westport Winery. They don’t seem to skimp on anything. In fact, they offer a Hawaiian cinnamon roll that is big as your dinner plate. I kid you not!

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