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