Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Smoke

 The blanket of smoke rolled eerily into town Saturday afternoon.  Because for us it is drift smoke, it doesn't burn our eyes or smell strongly. It just sits there, keeping the helicopter from flying and obscuring the mountains.

I hear people complain about the smoke. These tourists probably planned their vacations for months and they still came, despite covid. They want to see the glaciers and the lakes.  I understand, but I'm not very sympathetic.

My town is not on fire. We enjoyed a mostly fire free summer for once. We had lots of days of clear skies and warm temperatures. The smoke that blankets our valley now is a nightmare for someone farther west. People have lost homes and loved ones. They are struggling.

Firefighters are working desperately to save communities and are devastated when they can't. Many of them are making $14-16 an hour to risk their lives for someone else's land.  Many are seasonal employees; they don't get retirement or health insurance and are laid off after summer ends. They breathe smoke like this for months. They have to listen to politicians who don't care about science saying they should be "raking the forest."

Here in my town we are fortunate this year. Soon fall rains will come. But our hearts are with those who are still in the fight. 


8 comments:

  1. Although I didn't mention it in my most recent post (and should've) I'm very appreciative and thankful for the firefighters battling the numerous blazes here in Oregon. Many risked their lives to make sure residents of the towns of Detroit and Gates were able to evacuate.

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    1. I'm so sorry for what your state went through! I hope you're getting some rain now.

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  2. Grateful for everyone who is/has/and will be fighting these terrible fires. One of the Oregon blazes came way too close for comfort for people we know there.

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  3. I have such admiration and appreciation for the firefighters. Especially when you learn that one fire was started because of a gender reveal? Seriously? The thoughtlessness and selfishness is unbelievable. How do these people live with themselves?

    We have the smoke here in Chicago! It's crazy how far it's traveled.

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    1. I know, these gender reveal things have gotten way out of hand and now a firefighter has died.

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  4. Yay to a fire free (and safe) fire season for you this far. But my prayers and thoughts are with everyone who is dealing with the fires in our country.

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