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South winds bring smoke from California wildfire

Strong southerly winds overnight brought smoke from a huge wildfire near Lake Tahoe into Baker Valley.
The winds, combined with clouds, also made for a balmy night in Baker City. The temperature rose from 59 degrees at 1 a.m. to 72 degrees at 2:45 a.m. at the Baker City Airport.

Still Spraying

March storms bolstered snowpack in city’s mountain watershed, helped city's water supply defy the drought

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald A Baker City residential sprinkler system douses both a homeowner's lawn and flower garden in this July photo.

By Jayson Jacoby

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If you want to know why Baker City’s faucets flowed at full capacity during the dry and torrid afternoons of July and August, and continue to chug along this week during summer’s last hot gasp, you have to look back.

Many months back, to the latter days of winter, when nobody was dousing their tomatoes or letting their kids scamper around in the sprinkler.

And you also have to look up, to the peaks of the Elkhorn Mountains that intercept Pacific storms and wring out their moisture.



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