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.


Anonymous said...

Here in southern Alberta, we have had more than a week of heavy smoke. At one point is was difficult to breath and people were advised to stay indoors especially new born babies. It hasn't been very nice at all. This smoke has been floating down into the southern US and their weather people contacted ours to find out what was happening. Submitted...Anyong

The Mound of Sound said...

We've got that same air advisory now, Anyong. A neighbour called and had me run a finger over my window ledges. The amount of soot was amazing. Now I have to stay buttoned up inside.