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Humanity shines as Gray Fire hit Medical Lake area

On Friday afternoon, Aug. 18, our spirits were high. I’d just finished work for the day and was planning to grill some brats and cook baked beans for an enjoyable barbecue dinner. Summer weekends were running out, and we wanted to make them count.

Little did we know, that naive plan was about to go out the window.

After resurfacing from my home office on the north side of Medical Lake, I noticed a massive plume of smoke to the south. I instantly knew it was a wildfire, and my first instinct was to be concerned for the farmers in that area whose wheat crop was likely burning or in danger of doi...


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