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Once again we are faced with days and days of smoke-filled skies. There is a wildfire burning on the far side of Lake Chelan – one major mountain range away from here. When the fire blows up and consumes more timber, the smoke generally trends to the east filling our valley and lowering the air quality. Down valley, people say there is even ash falling. Of course, the folks in Chelan and around the lake are facing even worse air conditions.

Smoky air makes for dramatic sunsets and sunrises and also changes the moon. Last night I waited for the blue moon (second full moon in July) to come up and it didn’t. Finally it emerged from the smoky curtain far above the horizon glowing a fiery red.

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