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Take precautions when it’s smoky outside

Posted on September 12, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Jamie Rieger
Depending on which direction the wind is blowing these days, the smoke-filled air has been more than a little unbearable.
As most of the TV viewers are watching the aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, there are fires burning in the western States and provinces, destroying property, and forcing evacuations of people from their homes.
While I’m not comparing on natural disaster to another, I am emphasizing that there are events happening right here that we have to pay close attention to.
Firefighters from southern Alberta have been sent to help with a fire that just last week, forced the evacuation of Waterton National Park and no doubt, there are many others helping in Montana and British Columbia.
The grassfire situation in our region has slowed down somewhat, according to County fire chief, Dustin McGarry, but that in no way means the threat isn’t still there.
The public notices are out there and they are plentiful; announcing fire bans and urging caution when working around equipment in the field and for motorists to properly dispose of their butts. (It amazes me that people are still that stoo-pid!)
For now, we must deal with the smoky air, but if the weather forecasts are right, we may be in for some rain later this week.
Here’s hoping it will be enough to douse the flames that are burning.

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