It is normal for the fires to be burning at this time of year. Some years, they are caught in time and kept under control. Sometimes, they spread to other areas before they are deemed out of control. This year, neither was the case.
CBC News has some good coverage about the fires with satellite images.
On Friday, Alberta's lovely Jasper National Park, was reported to have 5,000 hectares of burning forests. You can read more about that at The Sun and Global News.
Saturday morning, we awoke to find our city blanketed with smoke. We have had smoke from fires in previous years, but I don't recall it being like this. There was an air quality advisory to keep those who suffered asthma and COPD inside with doors and windows closed. Having two young children with asthma myself, I knew to take heed. My children on the other hand, did not agree with this decision. It was a scorching hot weekend with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius. Perfect for running in the sprinkler or at the water park. I too was disappointed in the smoke.
Last night as soon as we noticed the air clearing and the temperatures dropping, the windows were opened for the house to air out. What a relief it was. I think we all slept a little more sound!
(c) Rachel Rennie
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