By Marcy Stamper
Methow Valley News 

Wildfires close trails, bring smoke to valley


Last updated 9/15/2022 at 10:07am

The Methow Valley Ranger District has closed additional trails from the Harts Pass area north to the Canadian border and west to the Ross Lake National Recreation Area because of wildfires.

Smoke from these fires and others in the region settled over the Methow Valley, Chelan and Wenatchee last week, bringing what the National Weather Service in Spokane “some of the worst air quality not only in the country but the world.”

The lightning-caused fires, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area near the border, grew in hot, windy conditions at the end of last week, prompting the ranger district to close an additional section of the Pacific Crest Trail from Windy Pass north to the border, plus other trails in the area.

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