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Where There’s Smoke: New MCE Exhibit Explores the Role of Fire in Kittitas CountyFire has a very real impact on our landscape our community and our lives. Central Washington University’s Museum of Culture and Environment’s newest exhibit Where There’s Smoke . . . Living with Fire explores how fire has influenced our lives from the plant life that thrives after a burn to the way humans fight fires to the lasting impact that ancient and recent fires have on our modern life. The exhibit will also allow the public to explore the science of fire and its relationship to our culture and environment. The MCE will host an opening reception for this profound and timely exhibit at 5:00 p.m. October 10. There will be a presentation about traditional fire-making practices and flint knapping from local expert Jim Baugh. Refreshments will be provided. This exhibit was inspired by the 2012 wildland fire season and its impact on Kittitas County. The Taylor Bridge Fire which became out of control in a matter of hours consumed more than 60 homes and 23000 acres. It was followed by the Table Mountain Fire which burned more than 40000 acres. Long after the last ember was extinguished the fires continue to have a major impact on the community wildlife and the environment.