Being as my wife and I are about to take a 10 trip throughout BC, I have been keeping an eye on the wildfire situation. Surprising to see that with low temps and lots of precipitation, there have still been up to 15 active wildfires. Of today's 15, 14 are believed to be person caused. This really burns me up
IMO, anyone who is proven responsible for a wildfire, no matter how accidental, should suffer dearly. Lose a large chunk of net worth/assets. Notable time in jail and/or forced to fight wildfires for one whole wildfire season with minimal time off.
I lack the words to adequately describe the anger I feel towards these people. Which is probably just as well.
There are far more serious and important repercussions of these fires, but on a personal note, I sure hope it doesnt affect our trip. My wife is ultra sensitive to smoke and i am not so good with it either. Also, having any route closed down could make us miss Hotel reservations. grrrrr
we have been looking forward to doing this trip for a few years and make all our hotel and ferrry reservations months ago.
What do you mean about your anger towards "these people"??
People that have a fire while camping? That guy in the backyard having a fire?
I do alot of backwoods travel, and it sucks IMO when there is a fireban. Just not the same. I do use common sense and know where to have one, and when to not.
And I can't believe I agree with Carlos on something. In many places the danger is the build up of litter from supressing fires. Fire is a natural part of our forests, and when we hold it back negative results can follow.
Add in dead trees from insect infestation and drought, and there sure is no shortage of fuel in most places.
If job creation is an important issue the amount of work cleaning up the fuel source in our forests is limitless in BC. Much of that fuel could also be used in other money generating areas. It is shocking what is just laying around out there.
We have LOTS of firebugs in this province. They show up every spring when the weather warms up enough for them to wander about in comfort. Fetal alcohol syndrome plus anything flammable is a terrible mix.
I don't expect any wilderness fires this spring thanks to our flood level conditions but a few unguarded structures WILL go up in flames... hopefully none of them will be heritage buildings.
yep it's been awful in BC the last few years. My sense is that most of the fires are not human caused. I think lightning and trains are mostly responsible and the amount of flammable fuel laying about on our forest floors.
It is true that most(not all) forest fires are started by lightning,
There is a reason that every single tiny little hick town in this nation has a fire department and most of those fires are human caused.
God Bless those people that run into fires instead of running away.
Fact - Most fire fighters die from Cancer
I am not able to spend more than a few hrs at a time between needing to lay down, so we will be making a bunch of short trips. Starting with Whistler, then on to Kamloops, Valemount, Jasper, Prince George, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Ferry to Port Hardy, Nanaimo, and then home.