By Scott Wilson
Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader
As a native of the Okanogan valley and timberland owner in Ferry County, I know how tinder-dry the forests and sageland are. I have heard from many people about burned out homes, close calls, lost livestock, and a general struggle to survive to fight the fires and help each other out another day. Three young men, all of them with local roots, died in the Methow. These are tough, hardy people, but they need help from the outside.
Our brothers and sisters of the community newspapers located in the fire-ravaged Okanogan, Ferry and Chelan counties are busy trying to keep their communities safe. The fires are still raging; evacuations are still in effect; homes are being lost today and more will be lost tomorrow. Dry winds and no rain on the horizon.