WENATCHEE — In September of 2012, conditions were just right for a smoky mess.
The forest was dry. The air was stagnant.
And 4,000 lightning strikes were recorded on Sept. 8 in North Central Washington.
By the end of the month, 115,000 acres of forest and grassland had burned and residents were weary of breathing smoke — lots of smoke, enough to close Cashmere schools and prompt people of all breathing abilities to wear face masks.
Could it happen again?…