Forest fires are a normal part of life for Canadians living anywhere near a forest. May has often been the worst month for us. Several years ago, half the town of Slave Lake burned down.This year, in July, we are surrounded by fires in our neighbouring provinces on both sides. Not close enough to affect us directly, but it does affect friends and loved ones.
Across Western Canada
Southwest of us…
This one directly affects my blogging friend, Kevin Martineau, who lives in Port Hardy, BC.
We’re doing a lot better than we were last month. It’s a bit smoky some days, but only enough to remind us that others are not so fortunate. fire bans were lifted a few weeks ago, and we were able to enjoy the Canada Day public fireworks display in town last Wednesday night.
East of us…
This one directly affects Ian’s sister and her family, who live close to Saskatoon. We saw them this past Saturday, when they stopped by enroute to visit their daughter. It’s been so dry in Saskatchewan that their garden looks even worse than ours, which is bad enough because we’ve been so short of rain in the past month or more.
Even Manitoba, two provinces east of us, is affected.
We have much to be thankful for here, near Edmonton Alberta, where the air is relatively clear and clean. But it’s alarming to know about the heavy pall of smoke, and the danger to homes and health, faced by our fellow Canadians across western Canada.
© Willena Flewelling