fast forward one month - eric was supposed to be at a mountain bike race this weekend, so i was thinking of taking the kids to camp on saturday night. we've been having a heat wave and eric said it would be too hot and he didn't think it would be safe for us there. he is a wise man! sure enough on saturday around 5:30 pm lightning struck not far from where we would be camping and a fire started. there have been huge fires in eastern washington this year, and this is just another one. although almost 4 days after it has started it has burned over 2000 acres, destroyed several homes and out buildings, is only 10% contained and continues on. we are lucky that we don't have a house up there yet but are worried for all of our Sun East neighbors and the rest of the region. I pulled the below photo from the Yakima Herald Republic website. its of a tanker dropping fire retardant. the small grove of trees on the left side of the photo, about 1/2 way from the top is where we camp.