By Jayson Jacoby
The fire, as near as Julia Biggerstaff could tell, was eight miles from her home.
But she was still worried.
Biggerstaff lives on Rye Valley Lane about a mile up the valley from Interstate 84.
The area is in southeastern Baker County between Weatherby and Huntington, about 45 miles from Baker City.
Biggerstaff had taken Rhino, her Rhodesian ridgeback dog, to the vet’s office in Weiser, Idaho, on Wednesday.
She was driving home about 5 p.m. when she saw smoke billowing from the parched hills south of the freeway.
“I thought, ‘that’s up near me,’ ” Biggerstaff said.