I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone who has phoned and emailed us to make sure we are okay during the rash of forest fires in the Okanagan. We are fine – our house is safe, though we sincerely appreciate the concern. The major fire burning right now is in West Kelowna – about an hour from where we live. Though not far enough to escape the smoke, which doesn’t seem to blow through – it settles in. Fire officials are saying this blaze is now down to 250 hectares. Approximately 2500 people have been evacuated from their homes.
These are a couple of pictures of the Smith Creek fire.
John and I were in Surrey for a couple of days, but driving home on the Coquihala Highway – we could see the Murray Lake fire. It is covering 400 hectares.
There are approximately 155 fires burning across British Columbia right now. The dry, windy conditions are hampering the efforts of the ground crews but water bombers are making progress.
The forecast is calling for showers this weekend, so fingers crossed.
I can’t say I am not a bit anxious. Everything is incredibly dry – and August is said to bring hotter temperatures. I have decided to put together a Rubbermaid container in the trunk of my car – copies of documents, pictures, etc. If our area is ever put on evacuation order, it would take me too long to get back home from work to pack anything. I am fairly confident that John would remember to take his golf clubs but not much more. Will keep you updated.
In light of the flooding across Manitoba and Saskatchewan, I decided not to post any photos for Wordless Wednesday this week. Friends have been sending me pictures of the shocking conditions across the Prairies. Families have been stranded as roads are washed out and highways were closed. Crops are under water, livestock has perished, and communities have been evacuated. What amazes me is how stoic people are able to remain. They recognize that the flooding is neither permanent nor terminal. It was an unpreventable act of nature. An unfortunate set-back from which they will rebound and rebuild. There is a dignified, unspoken optimism that everyone will recover and move forward.
Today in an email, my friend Kathy concisely summed up the state of affairs. She quoted a mutual friend whose mantra is “Mother Nature Always Bats Last“. So true. In this particular situation, I would be tempted to say the following declaration might also be applicable: Please know that I admire your strength, your fortitude, your commitment, your positivity and your unbreakable spirit. Mother Nature might have tried to hit a home run, but each of you is an MVP. The win will be yours.