Keeping It Real ~ Fire Season in the Okanagan

Fire Season in the Okanagan is always scary.
We live in a beautiful area of BC, surrounded by crystal blue lakes, emerald green parks and arid, rolling grasslands.  We are two hours from the only desert in Canada.
In the summer the temperature becomes hot, hot, hot!!  Up to 40 degrees Celsius {104F}.
If we escape the summer without a local fire scare and smoke drifting up the valley, we consider ourselves lucky.
The most notable fire was the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire near Kelowna.  It got international attention and even has it’s own wikipedia definition.  A couple of years ago we had fires very close to our home, so close that I had the scrapbooks packed and ready to go. 

It wasn’t until September this year, that the fires arrived.  These photos are from the Peachland Fire that interrupted the start of the school year for residence there.  Peachland is a 30 minute drive, South, from our home.  We had friends {with children} who were evacuated from their home with only an hours notice.  Imagine trying to protect everything that you have built and worked towards and pack an entire life worth of memories in that time.  Gardeners with crops being burned to the ground, children with favorite toys being left behind, families with missing pets, the worry, the heart ache.  It still brings tears to my eyes. 
We are very fortunate to have a community that is instantly supportive and takes action in these situations.  All of the evacuees had places to stay and means to buy essential supplies {who would remember to pack their toothbrush after all?}  Three houses were destroyed and residence returned to their homes within two weeks of this fire.  And I am continually impressed at how resilient everyone has been, especially the kids, taking the situation in stride and showing extreme bravery.
More recently our community has had fires in Winfield {a 20 minute drive from our home, North} and in Joe Rich {a 15 minute drive from our home, East}.  I am so very, very thankful for the quick action of fire crews and the weather {while still dry and hot} that has seemed to cooperate with those fighting the fires.
In situations like these we are ever grateful for what we have and seem to better able to focus on what is important. 
The safety of our family and friends.

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  1. Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm says

    Oh Heather! I’m hoping these fires don’t get any closer to you! When we lived in Montana, forest fires were frequent and fast-moving. You are right…situations like those, remind us of what is important!

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