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Old 08-13-2018, 08:55 PM   #1
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BC Wildfire Season (again) has it affected your trip planning.

Let me say before I begin complaining about camping trips and wildfires that I mean no disrespect or lack of empathy for any forum members who may be dealing with very real trauma due to wildfires. I’m remembering last year’s season when an entire BC town(Williams Lake) was evacuated. That is real trauma and my complaining in this post doesn’t compare at all. With that said.....

Last year’s wild fires caused us to shorten several trips. For example we were pushed out of Monck Provincial Park last year due to smoke. It just wasn’t worth it to stay in a smoky environment. Our trip last year to Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park was never smoke free. We couldn’t see the Rockies as we drove east and wildfire smoke followed us into Ab and Sk.

Now in early August it seems like the entire province is in flames 🔥. We are happy to have gotten in some good trips earlier in the season. We hope for another several week trip eastward in September during the shoulder season. But right now in the Lower Mainland we can’t see the sun due to the smoke. I wonder what the next few weeks will be like.

So this is a bit of a rambling venting post. We are sitting tight the next few weeks and will change direction of our travel in September when we see what is left standing in our beautiful province.

How are other forum Members coping?
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Just another reason for us to forego Summer camping. Last year we went to Lander, WY for the soltice in late August. Wanted to visit friends in Idaho, however the smoke made us go south to Santa Fe to escape.
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We were also impacted by the fires. I had campgrounds booked in okanagon north provincial park for nearly two weeks but a couple days before we were scheduled to be there, a forest fire started nearby and the campground was evacuated. We ended up going to Sandpoint Idaho instead.
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We deal with forest fire smoke at times also especially last year in Montana and Wyoming. Having worked for the forest service and having studied forestry extensively our criticism usually gravitates to current management practices or lack of them. It amazes me that
trillions are spent on whatever but the natural resource budgets continue to shrink and the management seems to focus on paperwork as opposed to “boots on the ground”. This is not to discredit the hard working firefighters but budget priorities do not seem to consider fire as the primary consideration or responsibility. Ahhh, I feel better.
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I found this link useful last year when on my late summer road trip (which was foreshortened due to the fires):

https://tools.airfire.org/airtools/v...=-118.2&zoom=6
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I found this link useful last year when on my late summer road trip (which was foreshortened due to the fires):

https://tools.airfire.org/airtools/v...=-118.2&zoom=6
Thanks for posting this Karen, very handy resource. Wow, Washington State is badly affected, as well as the Idaho panhandle, one of our favorite areas.
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Just another reason for us to forego Summer camping. Last year we went to Lander, WY for the soltice in late August. Wanted to visit friends in Idaho, however the smoke made us go south to Santa Fe to escape.
With you on that Ross . Been thinking to not go camping in the summer . We were suppose to go to Idwlwild , fire. Went to Canyon Lake only place could get in at last minute , this last week fire and smoke , closed roads Lake Elsinore . Last year put up with fires all around in August up North, fires , Redding , Shasta , whiskey town this year . 2 years ago trying to get to Washington fires Calif, Oregon , Washington . Even if your not in it , smoke is horrible , had a helicopter dump water 25 ft from us going home was so scared we weren't getting through like what happened on the 405 and everyone had to abandon their vehicles and they all burned up .Our favorite beach spot down below from the Thomas, Santa Barbra fires
.Rethinking the summer camping now . Pat
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We've not camped in the summer for two years now. Fires and smoke and heat don't make camping a pleasurable experience. We've got an air quality warning right here in my back yard.
"Metro Vancouver has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to wildfire smoke from fires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest." - Environment Canada


Apparently, this is the "new normal".
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Apparently, this is the "new normal".
Apparently so, since it's hard to fix stupid. Read recently that about 85% of the fires are caused by man, and up to 90% in California. Of course, some of those are accidental, but it seems lots of people simply don't care, or worse yet, start them intentionally.
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Last year in BC, it was explained that we had a wet early spring that promoted rapid growth of grasses and small plants, which was followed by no rain and long, hot, summer days. Whether caused by a thrown cigarette or lightening, there was plenty of fuel for the fire.
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