That quote in the headline comes from Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc, who was speaking to the startlingly blasé attitude that many Port Angeles (and Clallam County) residents have towards fire danger, despite said danger being EXTREMELY HIGH due to it being EXTREMELY DRY. And he's right about the lack of concern being widespread. Which, really, explains how the City Council, by merely mirroring the checked-outness of the community, gets away with so much.
Lack of snowpack? "Huh?" Rivers running dry? "Hey, I still see some water there." Worsening drought conditions? "Drought? What drought?" Climate change and the new normal? "Do you speak English?"
Yes, the leaders in Clallam County are always more than content to lead from behind. Behind the times, behind the curve, and always putting their community squarely behind the eight-ball.
So, drought conditions and worried fire officials, meet the go-go-go Forks Rainforest Run, where the rubber hits the road, and an there's an increased chance of hot tailpipes hitting the tinder dry everything. Vroom, vroom! Duh, duh! Yes, Chief Dubuc, it obviously is difficult, isn't it?
Meanwhile...On a subject that things are very much not different...There was another "Save the Lincoln" meeting, which was once again attended by eight people. Which is kind of appropriate. An 8 looks like a couple of intertwined loops, and anyone who thinks Scott Nagel is capable of making this whole thing work is very much loopy.