in 2017 my entire town got evacuated, as did many parts of BC.
We had the Gustafson Fire threatening town form the north. Many homes and buildings destroyed north of town. South of us the Elephant Hill Fire was moving fast and they evacuated thousands. We were on immediate alert for the entire summer and there were days I had the entire truck, camper , trailer, atv and boat all loaded and parked by the front gate.
A bigger interior city an hour to the north of us was also threatened by multiple fires coming in from west, south and east. Many thousands evacuated and they all were traffic controlled thru my town and right past my house. Was an endless line of confused and hopeless looking people doing 15 to 20 miles an hour past my driveway.
My wife was evacuated with the essential hospital staff and all patients in care to a town 3 hours south of us. My wife spent july to end of september living out of a hotel and working at the hospital there. I stayed home with the dogs and a greenhouse full of plants..... praying the fires would not reach the lake and force me out. Me and a friend used our 4x4's to run the back roads with supplies for friends who decided to stay and protect thier properties. Was crazy times but we made it thru.
The cariboo wildfires of 2017 came 10km from my house at the northwest (gustafson fire) and the massive Elephant hill fire that seemed totally unstoppable , was snuffed out at 11km to the south of me. Considering the fire was moving up to 15km a day straight for us with the high wind blowing it north.
was crazy times that still affect me today. Watching the fires in California, Oregon, Washington States gives me goosebumps and knots in my gut. You don't know the feeling you get when you know a big fire is headed your way for real.
I am outside of a little town called 100 mile house in the BC interior and I can not even see the other side of the lake due to the smoke from the fires burning in the USA. Crazy!!
be safe my friends
HERE take the doob..... i got another fuggen fish on