Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer is really heating up

While I realize that this post has little to do with writing, I wanted to share it with you. We're currently going through a record breaking heat wave here at home. This past weekend we had a huge, huge lightening storm. Over 12,000 strikes were recorded. Today on the way home we saw the smoke plumes from three fires and heard about another three that have sprouted up within the past two days.

Temperatures are up there as well, 40 degrees Celcius (105 degrees fareinheit) and aren't helping the fire situation. In the past two weeks thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes due to the fires.

Its a terrible time and one that is reminiscent of 2003 when those here watched an entire town die with the carelessness of one person. Friends, family, people I'd grown up knowing lost their homes, their livelihoods in a firestorm that wiped out a small town and destroyed a multi-million dollar mill.

The town has begun to heal - although its no where near the way it was six years ago but the mill is gone. Jobs were lost, lives destroyed and millions of dollars spent fighting a fire that could easily have been prevented.

Now we're in the middle of another summer that's shaping up to be more destructive. Out of 340 fires at least 197 were caused by man...that's not a very good statistic. It's makes me wonder why and how we've gotten to this point.

If I may ask, please keep a postive thought to those of us in British Columbia Canada. We're walking with dragons and hopefully we'll come out unscathed, wiser but unharmed.

Take care and we'll talk to you soon.