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Old 08-07-2017, 02:45 PM
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Reports from MIL, local news, BC Wildfire web sight all are saying most of the initial fires are managed. A number of new fires in surrounding areas, but with equipment and man power in area they are getting a handle on the new issues right away.

One new fire is in a remote area of a big Provincial park. At this time no threat to people or structures. But big news story about people having vacation reservations at camp grounds, restrictions on lake use where air craft are picking up water, and one couples "life time dream" mountaineering adventure trip was interrupted by all this. Umm... Too bad...

Also two articles in local news. A life time crook local to an evacuated area was caught with over $65000 in stolen property. Police in town report in the month evacuees have been in town break and enter and other thefts have nearly doubled from the usual full year amounts at this time of year. Plus all other types of crime numbers are significantly up.

With the hot dry weather as well as fires black bear incident calls are double at over 5000 calls so far. Other predator incident numbers are way up also. Grape vine in our part of the bush says this is an issue here now.
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:46 PM
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MIL says a word of mouth report that a point of origin has been determined on the fire nearest them. Also one of the larger of many fires in the area. Seems there was a camp site with a number of small propane bottles with bullet holes in them. Two young guys surrendered for that.

Local paper still headlining about property crimes in town being up 20 to 40% over last year this time. This issue is detailing areas of town where the worst numbers occur. Coincidentally this area is right next to the boundary of the college property where most of the fire refugees are housed and the "hood" part of town. I'll leave it to you to put 2 and 2 together.
At most only 10% or so of the refugees have been bused to where they came from.

Wind changed a bit Friday and all day Saturday up the river valley through town and our bush there was a very thick fog of smoke. When the overcast came for the forecast rain it was almost pitch dark at 2pm. Street lights and our automatic yard light came on. Rain was only enough to dampen the grass and wet the dog when he went out. But it did clear a lot of the smoke haze. So far....
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:10 AM
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Several days this last week have been quite thick with smoke haze. Very bad smelling and very poor visibility. Last night it was overcast and started to drizzle rain. Was that way at day break this morning. Not much total rain. Still dry between the trees in the bush. Not enough moisture to do that good, but not unwelcome.

News says main highway is open again. There are a couple places where one set of lanes or the other set has had the black top burned back to black gravel. Power company has a total of almost 200 kilometers of power and distribution lines to replace. The big phone, internet, and whatever else it is used for sub station was saved. No significant interruptions in those utilities.

In all this mess over all this time there seems to be only one human fatality directly connected to the fires. A car of people stopped on the highway to watch a pair of bears cross the road.. A truck came and hit the car killing one.

The fire officials are saying it will be late fall, early winter before everything is back to some kind of normal. MIL and Aunt L weathered all this quite well considering. But being seasoned bush people they weathered it well with there equipment and supplies. Now to just get grocery and other necessary stores back to "useful" Normal may take some time yet.
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Looks like you should be getting rain--front going through. We are into our rainy season here. Today is predicted to be the only clear day in a week. Now we worry about frost.... The wife is preparing for the Fair, which starts on Thursday. She does display prep tomorrow, then helps with judging on Thursday--not her own stuff, however.
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Talked to MIL today. They finely got an all clear, but with the warning things could change in a moment. Local stores and such are starting to come slowly back to normal.

MIL also reported her little sister, aunt S, about 4 towns farther down the river valley is on high alert for a new fire in there area. There access has been restricted because of the other fires that affect roads that connect to there highway. But no fire threat until now.

Like the saying goes... When it rains, it pours. But no rain relief for them yet. Hmmmm.. Maybe not the best saying to use with the resent weather along the Gulf of Mexico coast.. But you know what I mean..
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I am surprised you haven't been rained on yet. Southeast Alaska is getting pounded regularly.
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MIL called the other night just at dinner time to say it is raining there. Not just drizzle but real rain showers. Being a wise cracker I told her to stay in the house and let it hit the ground... snicker.. Rained an evening, night and part of the next day there for a total of about 40-50mm.. (1 1/2-2") I'm not sure how wide spread it was there, but most welcome.

Cautioned her to be mindful of flooding and erosion in places where ground cover is burned. That country is quite thin skinned with top soil over the volcanic rock and such anyway.

Here in our part of the bush, we are getting overnight drizzle and dew. Not much for accumulations as the ground under the forest canopy is still quite dry. But finely getting some of the moisture Doninalaska mentioned coming over the coastal range mountains from the AK peninsula.

Fire danger is not over by any means, but certainly less than at the peak of danger time. Regardless of location, local, regional weather has been my major sounding board for local SHTF issues.
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Perhaps you will soon have snow--that should diminish the fire hazard considerably!! We had hard rain and hail yesterday and it is still raining...although NWS predicted this would be a clear sunny break between lows--wrong again. Anyway, glad that you got rain to help with the fire danger.
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All fire alerts and possible evacuation area boundaries and such were lifted yesterday. I'm sure there are still scouts in place to monitor areas and at least a couple rapid deploy crews close and available if needed. In the last little over a week or so our bush has gotten 2" or more of rain in drizzle and small showers. The ground under the bush canopy is finely damp.

MIL got home last night from a short trip around her area. To the auto supply, farm store, an overnight with her little sister, and other errands not available during the crisis. She told about the kilometers of the divided highway where the blacktop burned to black gravel. Power poles burned to stumps. Livestock fences burned, livestock roaming, moving along the highway in search of graze and home. Quite a foreign looking land.

Recreational camp fire restriction for our district has been lifted. General fire danger still at a very cautious "moderate" level.

Some of the fire officials are still saying it likely will be as late as mid winter before things are 100% extinguished.
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