(Originally published at 4:15 p.m PDT August 28, 2018)
The 5,500-acre Horns Mountain Fire is burning in both Canada and the United States — Washington and British Columbia — east of the Laurier Port of Entry border crossing. In Canada the fire is named Santa Rosa.
In the photo above firefighters from both countries had a good natured meeting at the international border. I would wager that the topics discussed did not include tariffs or trade agreements.
Due to numerous large fires in Washington and British Columbia, both sides experienced a shortage of resources. According to an update from the incident management team, “working together was a benefit to both”.
The fire is winding down thanks in part to favorable weather in the last few days. Some resources on both sides are being demobilized.
UPDATE: August 29, 2018: When we posted this on our Facebook page Eric Haberin wrote, “Very much West Side Story”. I found the fight scene on YouTube and got a screenshot:
The big difference is that the firefighters are smiling.