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The Worst Is Over

I am thankful for the firefighters that gave it their all to help squash the fires burning in our area.  While the fires are still burning, those great professionals have it under control. The emergency response team tried their best to keep communications as ideal as possible, despite the lack of cell and inter-organizational communications.

I would like to urge all those who are going to relax in the great outdoors this long weekend, to make sure they comply with the local parks, municipalities, and fish and game regulations in respect to open fires. There are bans in effect in many areas, and while this may take away from the experience of camping out, the memories you would have  losing someone to a wildfire would linger longer.

In the words of Smoky the Bear – “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!”

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13 comments on “The Worst Is Over

  1. Gosh, fires are SO devastating! I hope everything is okay for you and your animals Liz? I sure wish people would have more respect for land and wildlife!

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  2. Glad to hear that the worst is over. People who risk campfires during restrictions should stop to consider that their attempt at a little fun today may cost years of restoration. It’s so not worth it. Think before you light…Is that another one of Smoky’s famous sayings? If not, it should be. Blessings to you, Liz.

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    • Thank you for your concern, Brenda! Yes it takes a long time for mother nature to recover from fires. I like your “think before you light” slogan! Blessings to you as well, Brenda.

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  3. My goodness, that’s a lot of devastation. Just to put a slightly positive spin on this, if no one was injured and suffered the loss of their homes and animals, fire is actually good for a forest in the long run. By NO MEANS am I advocating starting forest fires!

    A lot of forest fires are caused by nature itself. It’s nature’s way of cleansing, and creating new growth. It’s terrible this had to happen, and the displacement of the forest life isn’t what one would wish, especially if it was caused by careless campers etc; however, the new growth will be strong and fresh, and there will be plenty of food for animals like deer, etc that feed off of tender leaves.

    Again, I’m not advocating fires… not in ANY way, as I do respect nature, and live very near dense Boreal forest myself. I just wanted to share that thought with you since I remember learning a bit about the cleansing portion of the forest fire when doing a project on the Boreal forest. (granted, that would be over twenty years ago, hence the foggy memory, but I tried!! LOL)

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    • lol….you! Yes it does cleanse. The biggest issue here was that since the logging industry has met its demise, alll the forest that was previously harvested and somewhat managed are no longer. So the unhealthy bush becomes an explosive situation.

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  4. I’m not sure what’s worse in this situation. Careless people setting fires, or money-grabbers that rape our lands and leave them dangerously vulnerable! UGH!!

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    • How true! I was surprised how well the Sudbury area rebounded after the mines closed. I remember that area looking like the moon or Mars in the late 60’s /early 70’s.

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      • Actually, the mines haven’t closed, but they’ve invested millions in a re-greening effort. It’s a completely different place than it was back in its “moonscape” days.
        I live about 25 miles from the city core, so I’m far enough out that the natural lands are still all around me…

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  5. I’m glad to hear the worst is over Liz and that family and animals are fine! Thank God! My thoughts are with you all.

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