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Old 06-30-2015, 10:26 PM   #1
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Our area of Canada is suffering through the smoke from more than a hundred forest fires. Three thousand people evacuated from several locations when the fires threatened their homes (very little loss of property as yet). A huge swatch of countryside, towns and cities suffering from burning eyes, difficulty with breathing etc. Heard that the US is feeling some of the negativity too. It is tough to live with thick smoke for days on end. One day the street lights came on at 3 pm because the smoke made everything so dark!
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Hazel the smoke from your fires according to the National Weather Service "blowing as far south as Tennessee. A thick band of smoke extends through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri."

We feel your pain here in BC as we currently have about 123 fires burning - 3 majors... all six regions as of today have fire bans in effect all the way to the Alberta border. Its dry as dry can be here on the coast after months of little rain and record high temps that are going higher each day - so we have had a fire ban in effect for awhile now. The ski hill behind me has been given permission to run its snow making guns to try and keep the mountain green and less of a danger to those of us living below it. They have a lot of summer visitors to the mountain and the fear is someone will do something stupid & start a fire. Something as simple as tossing a foil candy wrapper down could do it. Weird to look up and see the guns running now as they did not run much over the winter as it was to warm to make snow.

Washington State is not doing any better the town of Wenatchee got hit hard by a wildfire the night before last lost 24 homes and some businesses.

Its turning into a long hot and a bit scary summer.
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Alberta got some much needed rain recently.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:12 PM   #5
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I used to go walleye fishing at Lac du Goeland (Seagull Lake) in northern Quebec every July 4th back in the 90's, and it seemed every trip the forests up there would be on fire. The smoke was really hard to take.

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Alberta got some much needed rain recently.
Many parts of Southern BC got an hour or two of rain earlier in the week as well but it came with lightening resulting in more fires so not much help
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Fire is not fun unless it's at a campground with folks sitting around it with musical instruments!

YMMV

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Fire is not fun unless it's at a campground with folks sitting around it with musical instruments!

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Well thats not going to happen any time soon in BC as we have a fire ban in effect across the Province now.
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Wow! I guess you guys have been having a lot of hot, dry unseasonable weather lately? Our year here has been kind of whacky too, but it's the opposite of yours.

Best of luck to all you folks!

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Wow! I guess you guys have been having a lot of hot, dry unseasonable weather lately? Our year here has been kind of whacky too, but it's the opposite of yours.

Best of luck to all you folks!

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Very dry & warm winter - little to no snow across the province. Very little rain this spring.

So far we are into about 60 days of record temps with it getting into the 100 and over range in some parts of the province. Here in cooler Vancouver its been in the mid 70's to low 80's & higher for a couple of months. 10AM and currently 84 in Vancouver with the thermometer still going upwards. Day time temps not expected to drop below the 80's anytime soon.

A friend took this picture in the shade of their garden earlier this week. They are in located in the interior of the province somewhat north/east. And yes they were darn sure it was accurate!
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Gee! Best of luck to you folks! No fun at all.

Great pic...

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That is brain frying temperatures!
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Down here in Louisiana we have been getting dust from Africa. Usually they send us hurricanes.

Gotta go. Yard work to do. If I'm going to sweat I might as well put it to good use!
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Hazel the smoke from your fires according to the National Weather Service "blowing as far south as Tennessee. A thick band of smoke extends through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri."
True, and I got a birds eye view of it yesterday on a flight from Atlantic City to Chicago, and then later from Chicago back to Texas. Very thick smoky haze covering a huge section of North America.
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