Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forest Fire Season Continues

We've had quite the forest fire season here this year, beginning back in May with a number of smaller fires north of the city which eventually joined forces into a single "super fire". This fire, which began on or about May 14, scorched something in the neighborhood of 700 000 square hectares before being brought under control. By comparison to the fire which ravaged Slave Lake this past summer, this one was a monster, the big difference of course being that here we have huge areas of boreal forest and little in the way of private property in the way.

Throughout the summer I blogged several times about the fire situation. (See here, here, here, here and here. ) After a few weeks of excitement during which I heard occasional talk of evacuation notices for outlying communities, things settled down.

Now it seems, Mother Nature is taking one more kick at the cat as I heard news this afternoon of a new fire this afternoon which has closed a section of HIghway 63. I can't lay claim to a lot of first-hand knowledge other than what was already been reported by the Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun.

Normally I might be freaked out that the highway has been closed (Highway 63 is the primary link between the city and the rest of the province) but I know its not the first time an event like this has occurred, the fire is much smaller than the big one earlier this summer and winter is really just around the corner. So I take this latest development with interest and amusement.

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