TONASKET — As a wildfire advanced in August toward homes in the Aeneas Valley, a crew of Forest Service firefighters made their stand on familiar ground — a stretch of Ponderosa pine they had deliberatively burned during cooler spring and fall seasons to clear out undergrowth.
Part two of a two-part report: No one panicked at Holden Village during the evacuation of staff and volunteers in late July. But the drive out on the 10-mile road to the boat landing at Lucerne was eerie, said Nancy Rerucha Borges, the transportation lead at the village. “There were flames and some things were still burning but the forest in that area had burned through,” she said. “I felt safe but there was still danger from falling rocks and trees”
LUCERNE — The big-gun sprinklers are silent now, and metallic protection wrap is coming off buildings. In the distance, smoke wafts from small fires burning in tree stumps and exposed roots. There is a faint smell of smoke in the air.