Thoughts and worries and such

As tree planting season begins in the north, it’s noticeably different this year.

See, one thing that BC is famous for is our forests. They’re everywhere. There is so much forest in BC that if every single person in this province was actually separated, we’d each get 32 square kilometres of forest to ourselves.

While summer is a beautiful season which is normally great time to celebrate in this part of the world, summer often puts our forests at risk. Hot weather mixed with lightning, careless humans, bonfires or lit cigarettes being discarded of in dry landscape makes for some extremely large forest fires just about every summer without fail.

This province relies on fire fighters and tree planters every summer.

The tree planting season has begun and it’s structure is distinctly abridged from previous years. People are questioning the effectiveness of what these tree planters will be able to accomplish this summer if they stick to strict social distancing guidelines to ensure each of them stay healthy.

And honestly, if that’s the case, when the fires start… we’re fucking screwed.

How are the fire fighters going to effectively fight forest fires if they’re either having to practice social distancing, or they’re falling ill due to COVID?

It’s something I’m genuinely worried about.

We haven’t had enough warm weather yet this year for fires to start. But I genuinely don’t think British Columbian’s understand what could be on the line if we don’t social distance enough to fight off COVID. Those fire fighters keep our homes from burning, or lives from being ruined and our province from turning to ash.

What happens if they can’t do what they do because we haven’t done the simple act of staying the fuck home to stop COVID from spreading?

20 thoughts on “Thoughts and worries and such

    1. I hope the government is working on a plan for it. Because, while tree planters can socially distance and while the province wouldn’t be in too bad of a shape if they were limited this year, the forest fire fighters are manadatory.

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  1. Essential workers, such as nurses, doctors, and fire fighters should be kept safe so they can keep people safe, free testing to ensure they don’t carry the virus, for instance … It’s potentially a huge problem. In Australia, where I live, we’re still a long way away from Summer, but we sure suffer from these fires too, with global warming making things much worse.

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    1. I think you’re right that testing is going to have to be integral to ensure they can work effectively. They’re required to work in groups, in extremely close quarters, for their own safety. We’re maybe a few weeks away from fire season here. It’s been hot lately though, so it could be any day now, really…

      I think the government has been too worried about the general public that nothing has been announced about fire season. Hopefully they’re working on something that involves A LOT of testing.

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  2. So… I hadn’t even thought of this yet. Our fire seasons are really nasty, too. This year we’ve had good snowpack, at least. And our COVID cases are low enough at the moment that we’re reopening now, but uhhh this is not helping my anxiety, Vee.

    Please don’t tell me THIS was the good news.

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    1. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. We’ve had some really, really hot days here lately and it’s just in the back of my mind…

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    1. The firefighters do wear some forms of breathing apparatuses (apparati?) if they’re in the groups that are up close and personal fighting the fires. They work in teams, though. Some of them are for actually putting out flames, some of them are part of containment teams, building firewalls and digging trenches and trying to make it harder for the fire to spread. So if they’re ten or twenty kms away, in past years they’ve been safely able to dig those trenches and fireguard trees without masks. Something tells me they’re all going to need masks this year.

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  3. Thank you for sharing these potential issues with all of us here V. I had not a clue about this topic. I love and appreciate nature, specifically trees, in a very deep way and what you described here is sad. I for one pray that some real solutions can be created to prevent any of these problems from happening. We find ourselves in a kind of catch 22 here on the planet. The need to plant trees in your area is real and so is practicing social distancing. I pray your PM makes more sensible decisions than our idiot in chief. I watch the way my country has haphazardly handled all of this for the past 2 months and now we are all again, acting very irresponsibly with reopening after basically no real safeguards have been put in place. Complete disregard for human lives, i have genuine fear for my fellow citizens here in the U.S. because too many aren’t taking this crisis seriously enough. All anybody cares about here are appearances and money. It’s gross.
    It’s refreshing to read your post here discussing real concern for the environment and people. The people who put their lives on the lines fighting fires no less.
    I will pray for Canada and please, please pray for the U.S. V๐Ÿ™

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    1. I really hope that people start to take this more seriously. I worry for Florida with everyone sick down there and people still out partying at the beach. It’s hard to watch ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      1. It’s really terrible. My son and I drove from Dallas to here in South Florida. We were both quite disturbed by how little people seemed to be taking this situation seriously. I was very pleased to see how cautious and safe Ty is while always reminding me of the safeguards. Dallas rolled out phase I 2 weeks ago and the cases went way up. They will roll out phase I here starting Monday. As for the beaches, i am unsure where that is because they are all closed where we are and have been since mid March. My partner told me about seeing videos of people and I believe that was in Miami during spring break. They took a lot of flack for not wanting to give up all those tourism $$ and were slow to shutdown because of it. Trump cares only for appearances, money and his re-election which is a recipe for disaster when it comes to valuing human life. It’s all hard to watch my friend which is why I don’t.

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  4. Typically firefighters are strong, healthy people so if they get COVID-19 the vast majority will probably not even notice or have minimal symptoms. If they are as critical as you say, they need to be out there doing their job. The pros outweigh the cons it would seem.

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    1. I would like to agree with you but seeing how this affects people I think that saying they’ll have minimal symptoms is speculative at best. And I don’t say that to argue, I say that because there’ve been a lot of strong, healthy people put on ventilators the past couple months. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  5. Vee, I have yet to visit your part of the province…. Iโ€™ve only seen a tiny sliver of BC and I havenโ€™t seen the pretty cities yet. I would love to visit your province sometime and go exploring with you. I want to see what your part of Canada has to offer! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

    A couple years ago, the smoke was so bad in Calgary that the sky was littered with orange and smoke during the daytime. That day during summer 2018, we left for the airport but I remember that was one of the worst days of fire and smoke that Iโ€™ve seen in Alberta. It was absolutely insane. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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    1. Yeah, the smoke gets real bad if the fires get big enough. I hope they have a plan in place to keep the fire fighters healthy this summer. We’re definitely going to need it!

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  6. I’m a fireman’s daughter. You asked how firefighters will handle forest fires. Chances are they will say to h— with the virus and just do their job as best they know how. Most, if not all firefighters love their job.

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  7. Oh how I miss British Columbia (I grew up there haha) I completely forgot about how the covid pandemic could effect the forests this year. I hope everything is alright and they manage. I know they have had brutal forest fires in recent years, especially with what seems to be dryer and warmer seasons….My brother works in the outdoors and is like one of those park conservative guys or whatever they are called lol….and he was part of the brutal forest fires last year in helping maintain or stop them. Yes he was smart and never left BC. ๐Ÿ˜› I miss your province so much. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  8. Hopefully with less people out and about in general at least slightly fewer fires will start. Additionally the US had the least tornadoes during tornado season it has in 50 years, it seems like lower emissions from people traveling less might be making extreme weather less extreme as well. So… maybe there won’t be as many fires?

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