The Twisp Fire that killed three people this week is part of a larger complex that quadrupled in size in less than 24 hours. That is a massive leap and it has become obvious these newer fires popping up are sadly understaffed, and not from a lack of agency requests. According to a recent Senate hearing there has been just less than a 20% reduction in the number of wild land fire personnel in the last 4 years. The US is now calling in reserves and even international help because of the sheer numbers of fires burning across the west.
Lets hope the predicted El Nino brings in rain and not anymore dry lightening storms that seem to be doing the bulk of the damage/starts rights now. We definitely don't need anymore wind at this time. Sadly, the predictions are for at least another month of above average fire conditions for the areas most affected this season: