British Columbia is burning.

This is my home.

3:00 PM Near Whiterock Lake Fire from @Kelowna_Doris on Twitter
10:00 PM Near Mount Law Wildfire from @CUrqhartGlobal on Twitter
This is the Coquihalla Fire on Highway 5 from @TransBC on Twitter.

There are fires burning out of control across the province. More than 50,000 people have been forced from their homes in evacuations. Highways are shut down. Smoke has filled the air from British Columbia through Saskatchewan. There’s over 200 fires burning in the province. It presently looks like it’s 10 pm here, though I’m writing this at 2:30 in the afternoon.

27 thoughts on “British Columbia is burning.

  1. Damn, I just decided to switch off from the news about Afghanistan, I’ve been hyperfocused on that for 24 hours. Not nice to hear about this happening again.

    Feels like everywhere’s been having wildfires this year whilst this summer here has been underwhelming compared to usual, in terms of warm/sunny weather.

    There’s just no winning with wildfires, because containing them only stores up fuel for further fires. All you can do is move away from wildfire-prone areas, the sooner the better.

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  2. I’m so sorry, Vee. I’m from Southern California. We see a lot of brush fires down here. The joke here is that we have four seasons, but ours are earthquake, flood, riot, and fire. It’s tragic to see it happen in beautiful BC. Please stay cool, and take it seriously if they tell you to evacuate! Good luck!

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  3. I really feel for the many bone-dry-vegetation areas planetwide uncontrollably burning. As a lifelong resident of southwestern B.C., the unprecedented heatwave here in late June, described by meteorologists as more of a ‘stalling heat dome’, left me feeling I could never again complain about the weather being too cold.

    To date, there clearly has been discouragingly insufficient political courage and will to properly act upon the cause-and-effect of manmade global warming thus climate change. Neo-liberals and conservatives everywhere appear overly preoccupied with vociferously criticizing one another for their relatively trivial politics and diverting attention away from the planet’s greatest polluters, where it should and needs to be sharply focused. (Though, it seems to be conservatives who don’t mind polluting the planet most liberally.)

    But I believe there’s still hope, mostly due to environmentally conscious and active young people, especially those who are approaching/reaching voting age. In contrast, the dinosaur electorate who have been voting into high office consecutive mass-pollution promoting or complicit/complacent governments for decades are gradually dying and making way for voters who fully support a healthy Earth thus populace.

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    1. Here, in the US, I’m so glad we got Biden. He sincerely cares about global warming. I’ve been an environmentalist most of my life, thanks to my late mom. She’d be in tears every night watching video of Earth on fire.

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      1. Though I’m not American, I also prefer Biden. The theocrats on the right direct us all towards doomsday.

        There is a serious problem basically unspoken by the mainstream news-media: theologically inclined people who get into high office with their dangerous disregard — or even contempt — for the natural environment. For instance, the evangelical Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, theocratically declared two summers ago that his presidency (and, I presume, all of the environmental damage he inflicts while in high office) was “fulfilling a mission from God”.

        Although the Amazonian rainforest is home to a third of all known terrestrial plant, animal and insect species, and our planet’s natural environment does not honor any international boundary, he told the rest of the rightfully concerned world, “You have to understand that the Amazon is Brazil’s, not yours”. He also advised France’s president to “mind your own business”. If only it were true the environmental damage done by morally and ethically corrupt governments and corporate puppet-masters was all somehow poetically miraculously confined strictly to the owners’ territory!

        Much closer to home, many of Canada’s leading conservative politicians, not to mention our previous prime minister, are/were ideologically aligned with the pro-fossil-fuel mainstream American Evangelical community and Republican Party. They generally share the belief that to defend the natural environment from the planet’s greatest polluters, notably big fossil fuel, is to go against God’s will and therefore is inherently evil. (No wonder they hate any carbon tax. And for conservatives, they sure pollute the planet most liberally.)

        Among them all may be those who credit the bone-dry-vegetation areas uncontrollably burning, notably California, global warming and pollution to God’s supposed wrath upon collective humankind’s ‘sinfulness’. Astonishingly, what really matters to the theocrats is job creation, however limited or temporary, and economic growth, however intangible the concept when compared to actual largescale and very consequential environmental devastation.

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      2. I completely agree with you. The right has traditionally been way more evil than the left. Although, I’ve met my share of fake liberals who don’t really give a right’s ass. NIMBY-ism (not in back yard) is an unfortunate manifestation. That’s most in the social services realm, when a new halfway house needs to be built. I’ve never been a Republican, but my parents were registered that way. Partly, this was due to the idiotic voting laws in Florida that you have to be registered as R or D, to vote in the primaries. They both confessed, they always voted for policies, and not parties. They would be appalled by what the GOP has become and would have switched. I’m sure. It was my mom who really instilled a love of the land and the environment. My dad felt the same way.
        We seriously have to drastically change our ways!!!

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      3. I should add a notable irony to the unprecedented ‘stalling heat dome’ here in late June: Canada not only extracts and exports the planet’s second most polluting forms of “energy”, i.e. fossil fuel, but also the most polluting/dirtiest of crude oils — bitumen. Even our mainstream print news-media formally support Canada’s industry. News conglomerate Postmedia is on record as being allied with our fossil fuel industry [“Mair on Media’s ‘Unholiest of Alliances’ With Energy Industry”, Nov.14 2017, TheTyee.ca]

        During a presentation, it was stated: “Postmedia and CAPP [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] will bring energy to the forefront of our national conversation. Together, we will engage executives, the business community and the Canadian public to underscore the ways in which the energy sector powers Canada.”

        Furthermore, in late May, Postmedia refused to run paid ads by Leadnow, a social and environmental justice organization, that expose the Royal Bank of Canada as the largest financer of fossil fuel extraction in Canada.

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      4. Wow. That’s one thing about the states, our press is still pretty independent. In the 80’s I was a double major in psych and journalism and that’s when big conglomerate media companies began buying up independent outlets, mostly print entities, and this was a big topic of concern in a lot of my classes. There are some independents that remained stubbornly independent. I am proud to say that my hometown paper, the St. Petersburg Times , which acquired the Tampa Tribune and then became the Tampa Bay Times, has remained free of corporate meddling. In fact back in the 70’s the St. Pete Times began a media institute called the Poynter Institute has been educating journalists since it opened. Journalists from around the world attend classes and seminars there. So, it was scary when dumpy trumpy began his war on the media (except conservative outlets). The press in the US has always been referred to as the, “The Fourth Estate,” meaning it’s the fourth branch of government tasked with keeping an eye on the other three. I would certainly be angry if the people giving me my news were in bed with the entities they were writing about. That pisses me right off.

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  4. I am so very sorry you are experiencing this. I know it’s terrifying. I pray all the fires in the Western part of North America are extinguished soon. I keep an eye on the Western US, even though I live in Florida. I lived in Oregon for seven years. It is so painful to see such beautiful country being burned so horribly. I hope you and your loved ones stay safe and that you don’t lose your homes.❤️‍🩹🙏🏻

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