Several fires in North Central Washington are still very active, forcing evacuations, taking power out, damaging structures, and claiming lives.
It’s still too early to put a finger on how the effects of the fires will reverberate in the fruit industry.
One of the primary tree fruit cooperatives in the region, Chelan Fresh, says they’re shifting operations and getting back to work on the 2015 crops, as reported by the Wenatchee World.
Of the hundreds of photos published by photojournalists covering these fires, the above image shot by the Wenatchee World’s Mike Bonnicksen, tells the story of the packaging house damage to Chelan Fruit’s Plant 1 facility.
In the photo above, operations manager Steve Stewart strides past burned out rows of newly harvested Galas while flames burn inside a pump house attached to Plant 1.
In an interview with Good Fruit Grower, Stewart said that even with Plant 1 shut down and Plant 2 hit with smoke damage, “we’re just looking at this as just a hiccup in our operation, and we’re carrying on as normal. Basically making things happen so it does not affect the growers in any way.”