Here in Vancouver, on the West Coast of Canada we are having wild fires. There are several raging fires you can see on this map.
Yesterday the smoke filled the sky and turned it bright orange. The smell of fire was inescapable and the sun is now totally blocked by the smoke.
We’ve had no rain and a heat wave that’s lasted for 2 weeks.
This is my first wild fire experience. I’ve watched videos and read articles about wild fires but I figured I lived in a rainy temperate climate that would never entertain them.
I can’t tell you how scared I was yesterday. In the afternoon the smoke just descended on my city. I thought there was a fire in the kitchen and went to check. Turns out the fire smell was everywhere. We shut our windows. Even with them shut, you couldn’t escape the fire smell or the smoke particulate that makes the whole city look like it’s in a fog.
At 5pm yesterday, the sun was gone and a deep orange glow was the only light. Today is much the same.
Here’s a video of what it looks like right now in Vancouver.
It’s like being invaded by something you cannot stop and you smell it with every breath. I can’t wait for this to end.