Friday, August 20, 2010

Smokey the Bear is STILL in the Air!!

Update -- The smoke blew as far as Manitoba, three provinces over from the locations of the forest fires, and smoke is still featured on the hourly forecast of here in southern Alberta. My husband and our dog have had to take shorter walks because of the air pollution and here in this photo the sun, setting over the prairie, is seen through a haze, darkly.
(Below, from a previous post:)
The skies here in southeastern Alberta appear cloudy this morning, but the "cloud" is actually smoke drifting across the Rocky Mountains and over the prairie, reaching as far as Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, some 800km (500 miles) from the BC border.
The smoke comes from the 110 active forest fires in British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province. There are other fires, but these 110 are all more than 10 hectares (24.7 acres) in size. That's 1100 hectares (2718) acres burning today.
I spent most of my life in BC where forest fires were always a possibility, because 2000 of them occur every year.
Even now, when many people have quit smoking, we still see smokers who throw lighted cigarettes out of car windows. There are also campers who build campfires, and neglect to put them completely out and then douse them with lots of water.
Even though most forest fires are caused by lightning, and many of them are in remote areas where smokers and campers never go, it is still important to do our part. Never throw lighted or partially-crushed cigarettes out a window. Never build campfires and leave them without being certain every last ash and cinder has been soaked with water.
As Smokey Bear used to say, "Only YOU can prevent forest fires." Please do your part.
(Photo by Richard Schear)
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Powell River Books said...

Thanks for the reminder about fire safety. We had some smokey days here on the coast as well from a nearby fire. But at least it started by lightning, not human caused. - Margy

Linda said...

Sorry to learn there are more forest fires. We experienced them a few years ago in BC.

Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, Linda, it's awful. Thanks for responding.