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Basing Summer Plans on Wildfires

Summer wildfires are the new face of catastrophic climate change in Washington and much of the West. As summer 2019 unfolds, those who can, are making plans to become seasonal climate refugees to escape the smoke and unhealthy air. Find out what options there are who can’t leave town.

Producers: Martha Baskin and Daniel Guenther
Photo: Charles Luce

The Long Shadow of Fires in the Northwest

After two years of some of the worst fires and smoke the Northwest has ever seen, Washington’s Methow Valley is catching its breath. Dozens of businesses didn’t make it through. And as correspondent Anna King reports, the fires still throw a long shadow.

Left: Kathleen Jardin owns Methow Valley’s Central Reservations and an art gallery. She says she’s hoping more people return to the valley for family vacations, reunions and weddings.

Into the Black: A Close-Up of What Was Lost in the Range 12 Wildfire

In southeast Washington, the Range 12 wildfire is good and out. But now there’s 176,600 acres of black. Much of the valuable habitat on the Hanford Reach National Monument has been roasted. Correspondent Anna King took this journey — into the black.

Left: In southeast Washington, the Range 12 wildfire burned 176-thousand acres. Much of that was on the Hanford Reach National Monument. Experts say dust storms and mud flows will be a problem until the land heals back.