The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi86° Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo61° Partly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi81° Mostly Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo58° Partly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi76° Slight Chance Showers

Thursday Night

Lo56° Slight Chance Showers

Friday

Hi74° Chance Showers

Friday Night

Lo54° Chance Showers then Partly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi75° Mostly Sunny

Patience, gratitude are in order now

Send to Kindle
Print This

We face fearsome forces of nature. Fires in dry tinder pushed by 30 mph winds are unstoppable by ordinary or extraordinary effort. We cannot order the wind to cease or the flames to slow, any more than King Canute could hold back the sea. Humans, with all their clever and powerful machinery, are puny in comparison.

This point should be made, lest we talk ourselves into expecting miracles from the people sent to protect us. That would do them a disservice. Under these conditions, these horrible fires cannot be stopped by crews of 20-year-olds in Nomex jackets armed with shovels and pulaskis. Only fools can think these fires can be “put out” the way we douse a campfire or close the lid on the barbecue. Don’t expect the impossible. Blame no firefighter or manager for the destruction you see. They are not the cause. Above all, be patient. Be alert. Cooperate.

View my options or Sign in