After deliberation with the
event staff and branch leadership in Madrone, and with input from
the modern agencies in Kittitas county, we've reluctantly come to
the decision that for the well-being of participants and horses we
will cancel the Emprise of the Black Lion for 2017.
This is due to the proximity
of the site to five uncontained fires: the Jolly Mountain and
Jack Creek fires to the North of the site, the Sawmill Creek fire
to the West, and the Norse Peak and American fires to the
South. With fires on three sides of the event, the air
quality is highly likely to be poor regardless of the direction of
the wind and the threat of evacuation would factor heavily into the
calculation that people would make in deciding to bring their
families and their horses.
We appreciate everyone's
ongoing support for the event and recognize the many hours that
have gone into planning, including artisans creating site tokens,
prizes, menus, tournament designs, and other investments of time
and energy into the pageantry and community of the event. We
look forward to renewed planning for the Emprise again in
2018. We also thank the Barony of Vulcanfeldt for their
support of the event.
Emprise of the Black
Site Info: Name: Flying Horseshoe Ranch 3190 Red Bridge Road Cle Elum, WA 98922
Note that the above Weather and Map information is generated from the site address and can be easily confused. The weather will say if its for the branch or for the site. It will be for the site if the site can be found, but this again is not always the case, and if the site is some distance from the branch then the weather may be different.