$0: Kitwanga Municipal Campground, Kitimat-Stikine, BC, Canada
Early in my day, I saw this, and it set the tone for the rest of the day.
From a distance, I had thought it was a group of campsites with morning campfires. I was wrong. I’m told they’re going to let this burn, since there are no towns nearby.
I had a respite from the smoke in “Jade City“. Honestly, it was the big “free coffee” sign that drew me in, but I was charmed by the shop, and jade-cutting and polishing tools outside.
But, this was my view for much of the day.
A province-wide state of emergency has just been declared. And not a moment too soon.
Telegraph, BC (to our West) has been recently evacuated. There was a sign at the Iskut gas station (about 80km from the fire, as the crow flies) asking evacuees to check in with authorities. A mother and her two small children had dust masks on, and the sun was nearly blocked by the smoke.
I’m safely camped in Kitwanga, but I keep thinking about the folks in the fires’ paths. I’m really hoping for some rain. Soon.