Unfortunately, there really is only one thing we can talk about:
Yep… it’s everywhere. With almost 200 fires burning in British Columbia, the efforts to put it out are at maximum capability. Even so, it is expected to take some time before the all-clear.
People are being warned to not panic until told to act. Here’s the important site to check out, as well as the BC air pollutant index, which you’ll want to check out periodically (Whistler, below, is a 10… highly dangerous.).
What else can you do? Well, there are a couple of things.
For one, stop lighting goddamn fires. There are still a few people out there that think the rules don’t apply to them. Rest assured, there are heavy fines (to the tune of seven figures) associated with the destruction of Crown Forestry, and the air is so thick with smoke some people can’t even see past the end of their street, so don’t try the “We didn’t know” excuse. And if you flick your cigarette butts out the car window like these people, I’ll set your car on fire. (In, like, November or something.)
For people a little closer to the fires, we’d recommend putting your valuables in a bag, so everything like your work, photos, and whatnot. That way, all of your important things can come with you should the call come to evacuate. For the readers that aren’t in immediate trouble, try and avoid breathing the air outdoors without some protection. Avoid exercise, especially for those of you with heart conditions. (Mountain Life promises we will never tell you not to get outside again.)
Finally, let’s keep in our thoughts our friends and family out there on the front lines. Without their efforts, this could get a whole lot worse before it gets better.
Stay out of the smoke.