It's that time of year again, the time when people head to the mountains in the hundreds of thousands and enjoy the beauty, the wilderness and their camp fires. Unfortunately far too many people fail to properly control or douse the fire when they head home, the result is hundreds of forest fires every year burning thousands of acres across north america.
Alberta has suffered 737 wildfires this year burning over 7000 acres of forest and there will be almost as many again before the season is over. British Columbia has suffered 374 covering almost 40 times the acreage of the Alberta fires, there are currently two fires out of control in BC each burning over 100,000 acres.
Some fires occur naturally via spontaneous combustion, lightning strikes and the such like but hundreds start at lakeside campsites every year and many are intentional. It would be nice if I could convince a few folks to "soak it, stir it and soak it again" when leaving their fires but I doubt a blog with 7000 views per month is going to make a dent in the thick skulls of those responsible.
The resulting smoke and haze often help to create incredible sunsets which was the purpose of this post tonight, but I seem to have got carried away with my rant. Anyway, below is tonight's sunset struggling through the smoke filled skies over Cochrane. I should add that we are in no danger from the fires as they are a hundred kilometres away.
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