On Alert

As the summer of 2020 progressed

the hope that this would be a summer without forest fires grew, but our hopes were dashed in the last week.

Sadly, although the end of summer seemed in sight, forest fires are now happening in my region including one very close to home, the Christie Mountain fire.

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The dry climate lends itself to this risk and now the days and evenings are filled with smoke and niggling worry at the back of one’s mind for friends, and fellow Pentictonites.

In addition to our local concern, the fire can quickly spread if the wind picks up and move to other communities at speed. We worry also about that possibility.

Today, the risk is high.

Today as I write I look outside at the waving branches of a neighbour’s tree, a storm is brewing and with it comes the unpredictability of what will develop with the Christie Mountain fire.

Thousands of homes are on alert, families are poised to grab a few precious belongs and leave their homes in God’s hands. The last few nights have been ones that not been relaxing at all for many.

Many hundreds of families are on alert, and news of our fires have travelled – a dear family from Hamburg, Germany contacted me saying we were in the news there. It was wonderful to hear from them, and we have heard from many wonderful caring people, family and friends.

Kudos to the BC Wildfire Service for their planning and efforts to protect life and property. (More on how here )

Thanks for visiting “Life and Random Thinking” today. – David

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
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34 Responses to On Alert

  1. lghiggins says:

    I’m sorry to hear of this potentially devastating fire. You and your neighbors are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. I’ve been wondering if you were okay! Two other friends living there are also on evacuation alert. I can’t imagine how stressful this must be for you. My thoughts and good wishes are with you and your family, and all Pentictonites. Hopefully, things will work out. Keep us posted, if you can!

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  3. Ohhhh, sending prayers for safety for all David. πŸ€—

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  4. Jane Fritz says:

    Stay safe, David. πŸ˜₯

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  5. I recognize the locations of your photos. I was hoping the Okanagan would escape this year, but not to be. My M (he’s still in P) is keeping a close eye on the situation. Are you in or near the alert area?
    Stay safe. πŸ™‚

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  6. Joni says:

    Praying for your safety David. It must be a very scary and stressful time.

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  7. Raymond says:

    Excellent photos

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  8. drpassenger says:

    stay safe and stay good.. all the prayers are with you guys.

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  9. magarisa says:

    Hope you stay safe!

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  10. Good luck, David. I can’t even imagine how stressful your situation is right now.

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  11. Susanne says:

    So distressing to see and think about the destruction of forest and property. Stay safe.

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  12. Sandra J says:

    I hope you are doing well David, fires are so devastating. And yes I worry about the wildlife also. The weather has been so strange these last few years. My cousin fly’s the planes that drop water and stuff on fires from the air. He has already been called out to California for the fires out there also. He spends weeks on end out there every year fighting fires. Stay safe David.

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  13. Oh Dave those are sobering photos and words. I hope you will be safe, your home and neighborhood will be secure, and that the fire fighters will be blessed with cooler moister weather and no wind so that the they can get the fire under control. It’s a tough year all over the west. God Bless.

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  14. Airak says:

    Those pictures are heart breaking! Sending good wishes to you and your neighbors!

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