And people wonder why I say I love rain, perhaps it's because I grew up with sights like this.
I am very fortunate to live in a city now, where I don't have to worry about forest fires every summer anymore.
My heart goes out to the people still living in the Okanagan who have been evacuated, and even lost their homes. And to the firefighters, who work endlessly and tirelessly, to the brink of exhaustion just trying to keep everyone safe there are no words to express the depths of thanks and gratitude!
And, I implore everyone travelling and camping this summer, please, please, please be mindful of your actions. When they say campfires are banned, it's not because they are trying to ruin your summer fun, they are trying to keep the residents'' homes from burning down.
All it takes is a change in the wind and someone could lose absolutely everything!
I know this is a bit ranty, and I'm sorry, but when I see my firends posting pictures like this in their dash, my heart breaks and I'm overcome with the grief. Because I remember. I remember barely being able to go outside because the air was so thick with smoke every breath felt like choking, I remember having to pack go bags because we could be evacuated at a second's notice. I remember going away on vacation and wondering if I would still have a home when we came back. I remember forest fire season. And it is here again, with a vengeance.
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