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Old 09-06-2017   #1 (permalink)
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The west is on fire



I don't see much about this on the national news, but if it doesn't rain soon it will be worse than the hurricanes. I live near Seattle and have no fires near me but it's a partly cloudy day with no sun, just smoke with air quality warnings. It's ugly outside, kinda a dreary Donald Trump orange.
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Very tragic.
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This is from Washington looking across the Columbia River toward Multnomah Falls

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It's been quite smoky on and off here too.

The fires in the western US are awful...


last year here in Canada it was the huge Fort MacMurray fire in Alberta and this year there were several in BC that have been burning for months...two years ago it seemed the whole of the north boreal forest in Sask was on fire....not enough rain in recent years. Hopefully we will start getting more precipitation once El Nino is over with after this year....
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Just awful. My friend, who lives in the Turks and Caicos, is in Montana undergoing cancer treatment. Now she's enveloped in smoke and worrying about her home in the T&C. I feel so deeply for her....
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I don't see much about this on the national news, but if it doesn't rain soon it will be worse than the hurricanes. I live near Seattle and have no fires near me but it's a partly cloudy day with no sun, just smoke with air quality warnings. It's ugly outside, kinda a dreary Donald Trump orange.
Same here in Vancouver we are getting smoke from the interior of our province & from Washington state. Yesterday was really bad....very spooky & when you looked up at the sun trying to make it through the smoke it did look like Trump
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Here in Montana the fires have been burning since early June. That map is not really accurate....Theres twice as many..I don't think they even report them if they are say "less than a 1000 acres" They have two DC-10's based out of Helena that fly all day every day..They hold 11,000 gallons of slurry and make several drops before refilling. Have not seen the mountains in weeks, Smoke is to thick...Have taken up smoking for some fresh air...Frank
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Scary stuff - hope all the peeps are doing ok !
What are some good local organizations to donate to for this area ?

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I spent the weekend in Fairmont B.C. The smoke was pretty thick all day Saturday until it rained in the evening which totally cleansed the air. The problem is that all that moisture is just going to evaporate in the heat. Sunday was a beautiful clear day but driving home through Kootenay N.P. I saw many burned out areas from the Verdant Creek fire earlier this year.

Global warming means dryer conditions, a longer fire season and more thunderstorms with lightning that ignites fires. It also encourages the growth of pests that kill trees and create more deadwood that fuels forest fires. This is the new normal and it is not going to be prayed away. I would suggest voting for leaders that believe in science instead.
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