- National Weather Service: Canadian Wildfire Smoke Relief Within Reach
- WA State Fire Wire: Mirian Fire Update, Two Red Flag Warnings In Eastern WA
- Ethan Siegel: Ask Me Anything Friday
- Back To School: MAP After-School Program
- Back To School: Middle School Volleyball
- Health Corner: Smoke & Filters
- Today: Toledo Thursday Market
- 54th Annual Cowlitz Prairie Grange Threshing Bee Tractor Parade
- Countdown: 3rd Annual Esther Borte Walk In The Park
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Finally, somebody has rallied the smoke-weary to do something about it instead of simply whining. Sign up for this event and invite your friends. We need relief - and soon!
Throw rocks at the smoke to make it go away
August 21 through August 25
The smoke is preventing us all from going outdoors and going to work, and doing pretty much everything. I strongly believe with enough rocks, we can make the smoke leave. So throw your rocks! (Preferably towards Canada)
For the skeptical, the opposition proposes a slightly more high-tech proposition:
Blow Spokane’s Smoke Away to Canada
August 24 through September 7
WARNING...STRONG SATIRE BELOW:
There are roughly 550,000 residents of the Spokane, Washington metropolitan area (per worldpopulationreview.com). To get rid of this smoke, we have to work together as a community.
After much deliberation and mathematical calculation, we have figured that it is absolutely possible for us to blow this smoke away with high powered fans. This Friday, every resident must place at least 5 box fans on their roof. Turn your fans on to the highest setting, and aim them toward northeastern Canada. Team work makes the dream work. Let’s do this, Spokanites. Let’s send this smoke right back to those Canucks!
Make sure to share the event with all your friends so everyone is informed!
Both factions agree on supporting these worthy causes:
Help the Canadian shelter animals
Donate to Food Banks BC
Canadian Red Cross
National Weather Service Seattle cautiously optimistic:
Wildfire smoke is bad here and it's even worse up in British Columbia. Look for gradual improvement in western WA over the next few days as cleaner air from the Pacific moves onshore!
Air quality is expected to improve tonight through Thursday as onshore flow returns, pushing in cleaner marine air!
Washington State Fire Wire not so optimistic late Wednesday:
WILDFIRE UPDATE - YAKIMA COUNTY (WA): Firefighters remain engaged with the "Miriam Fire" burning near White Pass in Yakima County. The fire is currently estimated at 3,653 acres with 30% containment. The fire behavior remains active. 272 fire personnel are assigned to the incident under the command of a type 2 IMT.
YouTube video link.
FIRE WEATHER - WASHINGTON STATE: The fire weather situation is expanding for Thursday throughout central and eastern Washington with a "Fire Weather Watch" now added to the existing "Red Flag Warning". The Fire Weather Watch covers areas to the south of the current Red Flag, and may well upgrade into a Red Flag Warning itself. Text as follows:
Fire Weather Watch
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Pendleton OR
310 PM PDT Wed Aug 22 2018
...GUSTY WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY EXPECTED IN THE
WASHINGTON AND OREGON COLUMBIA BASIN AND COLUMBIA GORGE TOMORROW
A trough approaching the Washington/Oregon coast will tighten pressure gradients tomorrow afternoon and develop breezy to windy conditions across the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Basin in the late afternoon and early evening. Combined with low humidity values mainly between 15 to 25 percent, a few hours of critical fire weather conditions are possible.
East Slopes of Central Oregon Cascades-Lower Columbia Basin of Oregon-Lower Columbia Basin of Washington-Eastern Washington Southern Columbia Basin-
310 PM PDT Wed Aug 22 2018
...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 610, 641, 641, AND 675...
* AFFECTED AREA…
In ORZ610...Fire weather zone 610 for the Warm Springs area.
In ORZ641...Fire weather zone 641.
In WAZ641...Fire weather zone 641.
In WAZ675...Fire weather zone 675.
* TIMING...Afternoon through early evening.
* WIND...West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
* HUMIDITY...15 to 20 percent.
* IMPACTS...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.
Ethan Siegel asks: What are you doing this Friday at 2 PM ET? (11 AM PT)
Are you going on Reddit to Ask Me Anything?
You should! I'll see you there!
Back To School: Annie Jones says:
Setting up the (Forest School) classroom this week - how do you like it?
Mila, Ame and Fancy approve...
(still workin on the air quality - should be ready by the first day of school!)
We need to fill 4 more spots by the end of this week to make this after-school program happen.
MAP enrichment programs
Four spots left in MAP after-school nature program at Camp Singing Wind!
Wednesdays 3:00 - 6:00
Cost = $160 for 8 weeks (9/5-10/24)
* Toledo elementary school bus will drop children off at Camp Singing Wind and a parent/caregiver needs to pick up by 6 PM.
Back To School: Toledo Middle School shared...
Do we have any 6th grade girls wanting to join our TMS volleyball team? We need a few more players. Stop by TMS office or look on our website for athletic packet! Practice has already started so let us know if you’re interested!
Health Corner: Smoke & Filters
One Western WA realtor wrote: Even though I had changed my air filter in my furnace about 4 months ago, I decided to check the filter. The ash from the wildfires in the air has really caused it to change color and do what the filter is suppose to do---gather debris. I was surprised how dirty it was and wanted to share this information with you. Most filters are changed every 3 to 6 months (if we stay on top of it) but this air quality can take a toll on the furnace and the inside air we breath.
This holds true for your vehicles as well, your home & auto air conditioners, and nebulizers, oxygen pumps, and medical devices used by those with breathing issues.
Have we forgotten anyone?
Today: Toledo Thursday Market featuring the freshest & finest in homegrown & handmade from local growers and makers.
Friday: 54th Annual Cowlitz Prairie Grange Threshing Bee Tractor Parade
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
City of Toledo: TOLEDO PARK ADVISORY BOARD VACANCY
The City of Toledo is looking for a Park Board Member. Applicants must be 18 years of age and reside within the City limits of Toledo.
The Toledo Park Board acts as an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding issues and decisions for the Kemp Olson Memorial Park and other recreation sites; such as the Toledo Boat Launch site and pocket parks throughout the City. The board provides recommendations to the City Council with the best interest of the parks in mind.
Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 3:00 pm. Meetings are held at Toledo City Hall. Positions have a term of 3 years. This position is set to expire 12/31/2019 and can be renewed.
Please submit a letter of interest to Mayor Dobosh, PO Box 236, Toledo, WA 98591 or they can be dropped off at City Hall, 130 North Second Street.
Toledo’s 3rd Annual Esther Borte Walk in the Park reminder:
We are 1 month away from this year's event! Have you signed up yet? Registration form available at City Hall!
Please join us in the 3rd Annual Esther Borte Walk In The Park! Participants will travel along the 1/4 track at the Kemp Olson Memorial Park (611 Cedar Street) for as many laps as they can complete. There will be a hot dog lunch, raffle baskets, prizes, quilt raffle, and more. Valley View Medical Center will be joining us this year as well!
Stop by Toledo City Hall and get your registration done today. If you register by September 5th you are guaranteed a t-shirt! All money raised is used to park improvements, this year's funds will be used to complete the rv dump station!
August 22-23-24 Young Marines ages 10yo+ can join. Meet 7-9 PM @ 156 NW Chehalis Ave
August 25-26: Cowlitz Prairie Grange 54th Annual Gas Show & Threshing Bee
August 26: Cowlitz Kayak Tours Toledo Threshing Bee Cowlitz River Float
September 1: Toledo Community Library Back To School BBQ & Books. Kids 12 & under.
September 1-3: Toledo Food Bank Labor Day Garage Sale. (360)269-7001 or (360)269-2443
September 9th: Bateaux Cellars Wine and Wellness, A One Day Retreat
September 15-16 & 22-23: 16th Annual ARTrails of SWW
September 22: Esther Borte’s 3rd Annual Walk in the Park
September 28-30: Camp Singing Wind Hosts 11th Permaculture Convergence
Citizens for Great Toledo Schools ISO* campaign contributions for this school bond
Toledo Thursday Market PDF vendor forms. $10/week, handmade & homegrown.
Washington State Fire Wire updates wildfires throughout the state
Washington Smoke Blogspot
Airnow.gov shares State Air Quality Resources
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