forest fireForest 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

Thousands flee wildfires raging across western Canada.


British Columbia

Southwest of us…

Haze from fires blankets the south coast of BC.

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.

But hundreds remain out of their homes in northern Alberta due to wildfires.



East of us…

Hundreds of canadian troops are deployed to fight Saskatchewan wildfires.


Photos of Northern Saskatchewan forest fires.

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.

Manitoba calls in US firefighters while 70 wildfires burn in province.


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


  1. Hey willena, I am thankful for not being in a danger zone too!
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  2. Hi Willena,
    I live in BC and totally agree with you, it’s smoky right now here
    and is not fun at all, stay safe!

    Have a wonderful week!
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  3. Hi Willena.. I guess many wild animals would have lost their lives due to fire.
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  4. Wow Willena!

    I had no idea wildfires were such a normal thing in Canad! It’s the very first time I’ve heard that!
    Thank goodness, as you mentioned, they’re not close enough to be a real threat to safety of you or your family!
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