For the younger generation there used to be a faster way to get from Longview Washington to Spokane and or Yakima.
the High way was obliterated never to be rebuilt ever again.
We got some ash as well and it made for the best haying ever.
I remember the ash wasn't dry it was a pastey, acidic costic, substance that caused power flickerings and outages in areas. it was like waking up in a grey world.