I know the old saying is “where there is smoke there is fire”. But you know I love to play with my titles and in this case, my interpretation is more accurate.
I live in Western Canada, between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. While the South West is not having very much wild fire activity, the interior of the province of BC is in a state of emergency. We have had evacuations, homes being destroyed, and have had to call in fire teams from as far as Australia.
For the last few weeks, I have been having shortness of breath, migraines, dizziness, asthma, and fatigue – more than normal on all counts. Hubby checked the air quality index and it was high, partly to do with smoke trickling down from the fire zones. I realized that even though people were not seeing the smoke, we were all feeling it one way or another. For me, it was triggering several of my chronic conditions.
During the last few days, the smoke stepped up its game, covering up views, blocking out the sun, and changing the colours of the sky, sun, and moon. Thursday night, there were some stars in the sky and a normal coloured moon. I was also breathing easier, both literally and figuratively. But Friday was another hot and humid day with a haze of smoke looming once again.
Hubby joked the other night to his brother about my reaction to smoke with “don’t you remember when she almost passed out from blowing out birthday candles?” But it is actually true, I have been extremely dizzy from just the smoke of one candle when it is blown out.
For me, and a lot of other people, the hardest thing about this whole situation is that a few of the fires are said to be purposefully set. That just blows my mind.
Here’s hoping and praying that the fires are contained soon and the thousands of people affected by this tragedy will be able to go home…and that they will have homes to go back too.