Speech to Text for Changing Winds On Klondike Fire Bring Relief & Worry
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firewatch / mike duffy / outside cave junction "it may be a beautiful day but evacuations begin for people living on the west side of highway 199 near the klondike fire." "we're here at papa's sporting goods store and the fire has affected us tremendously. we opened up about 2 months ago and initially had a lot of customers in the building. and then once the smoke hit, customers stopped coming in." loss of business is only compounded by an over 60 thousand acre fire being so close by. "it's pretty scary. especially having a family with kids in town that go to school in the area. i feel pretty safe with the abundance of firefighters here in town. i know they're doing a good job for us. it is scary knowing that the fire is less than a mile from the highway and less store is telling us they're not going out and doing anything because of the smoke levels. it's hard to breathe and hard to enjoy our beautiful nature here with the way the fire is going." others are just tired and saddened by all of it. "it's just getting worse every year. you know, let it grow doesn't always fix with the fires going like this and it's hard to get under control." but montgomery leach has an idea for officials. "from what i know, my friends in forestry say if were just managed better that they wouldn't get out of control so bad." "regardless of their fears about what might happen to the wind today, everyone says they're just thankful that all these turning now to chief meteorologist