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I’m used to the smoke obscuring the sky and turning the sun into a ruby. I’m used to it being so thick that I can’t see the sides of my valley. But these last couple of days the smoke has been so thick that it’s hazy at the bottom of my yard. It hovers over the river like a morning mist.

Over the last few weeks we’ve had a nice cool spell and a little rain. It calmed the fires, which are all around us, gave some relief to the gasping vegetation and washed the smoke out of the air. It was a nice respite, but it didn’t last. The drought is still on, the temperature has gone back up and the smoke has again filled the air.

I have fond memories of opening the windows overnight to flush the house with a cool breeze. Now we’re reluctant to let in the smoke-laden air.

I’m looking forward to autumn.

rjb

EDIT: The drought level has been raised to 4 in my area. That’s on a scale of 5, where 5 is the worst. This means strict water restrictions, but without severe, punitive regulatory action.

rjb

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Much of western Canada is on fire. They’ve sent army personnel into Saskatchewan. It’s not that bad here, but it still got smoky.

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Sunset during fire season can be pretty. Yes, that’s really my view. You should be able to pick out at least six layers of hills.

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Since I took these pictures we’ve had wind and rain that cleared the sky. Just before that the temperature was bumping up against forty degrees, and I haven’t heard anyone complain about the cooler weather.-)

Here’s hoping the wildfires settle down.

rjb