Twenty-four years ago wind-whipped wildfires took off and began to ravage several Eastern Washington counties.
It took several days and multiple agencies to get nearly 100 fires contained in October 1991.
By the end of what became known as “firestorm,” one person was dead and more than 100 homes had been burned to the ground.
During Firestorm in 1991, Ron Connell’s home in Ponderosa was destroyed by fire. A lone firefighter, realizing saving the burning house was futile, went in the front door, grabbed some family photos off the wall and laid them at the end of the walkway. ” I can’t save the house, this is all I can do,” said the fireman. Colin Mulvany The Spokesman-Review