Monday, July 06, 2015
It Sounded Like Something Out Of Apocalypse Now
They came at last light as I sat in my livingroom, reading. It sounded like a helicopter assault straight out of Apocalypse Now and it went on for quite a while. It didn't take long to put two and two together and realize this was a fleet of helos returning from fire fighting operations nearby over on the mainland.
The province operates a forest fire fighting training facility a few miles from my place and, of late, I've spotted helicopters sitting on their landing pads. There are also commercial operators in the vicinity, some of them involved in helicopter logging.
Waited all day yesterday for our usual winds off the Pacific to blow our smoke canopy back to the mainland but the air has gone still. Today the smoke that was higher in the sky yesterday has descended and tall fir trees that were green yesterday now have a greyish-hue. So we wait and hope for the return of those cleansing breezes from the vast, forest-free Pacific.