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Comment by Randall Smith on August 24, 2018 at 7:23am

Busy day Saturday. Our little community (pop 1600) is having its annual "Summers End Festival". 

First thing, I'm participating in the 5k run. I'll probably be the only "over 65" entrant. (I'm 75.) I'm hoping I can run the full 3.1 miles without stopping.

Then there's a parade where two of my grandchildren are playing the high school's band. I'll be watching with 3 other small grandchildren. We'll go to the car show, have ice cream, do rides at the "carnival", etc.

I hope I survive the day!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2018 at 12:58am

'The Continent of Fires'

Credit: Alexander Gerst/ESA/Twitter

Comment by Patricia on August 19, 2018 at 3:47pm

We don't drive Ruth, so we have to rely on transport by buses if we get alerts or orders.

My facemask is military graded for smoke & filters the same as the hepa. I did my research after last year...…Our news also said a rating of minimum N95 was needed......

Cambridge Mask Company Anti Pollution Mask Military Grade N99 Washable Respirator with New Adjustable Straps

Lab tested British military filtration technology filters almost 100% of pollution, gases, and bacteria and viruses.
Ideal for people at risk of respiratory diseases, living in or travelling to areas with high air pollution levels
Protection against gases, smells, all PM; PM2.5, PM0.3, pollen, smoke and pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.
The world's leading anti pollution mask now with adjustable straps, perfect for travel, especially to China or India.
Presented in a slimline tin for storage, fashion friendly designs available in 5 sizes suitable for the whole family!

The house is closed up with a/c to keep it liveable.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 19, 2018 at 3:34pm

I've been worried about your proximity to the wildfires Patricia. Thanks for the update. I see your point about it being impractical to just drive to escape the smoke. But face masks are quite burdensome, especially for sleeping. And they don't really remove the fine particles which are most dangerous. A HEPA filter inside a closed bedroom would be more practical.

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In order to be HEPA certified, air filters have to remove 99.97 percent of particles that are exactly 0.3 microns in diameter — a size that’s especially difficult to filter mechanically. That is also close to the size of wildfire smoke particles, which are mostly in the 0.4 to 0.7 micron range, according to the E.P.A. HEPA filters remove much larger and much smaller particles, as well.
Comment by Patricia on August 19, 2018 at 1:24pm

Yes, we're still at home, fires aren't too close for the moment. The closest ones have been beaten down, but the smoke is really bad. It carries across to Manitoba, so no idea of where we'd go to get out of it. Prince George was so dark a couple of days ago that 10 am looked like midnight. We can't go too far from medical care & heading into the Northwest Territories or the Yukon is too far & no transport anyway.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2018 at 4:36am

Are you still at Williams Lake, Patricia? How about Rick?  How close are the flames to you? 

Oh! my goodness! That is just awful!

Comment by Patricia on August 18, 2018 at 2:58pm

It just reeks, & we have no place within reason to get out of it......so face mask it is.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 18, 2018 at 1:39pm

That is way worse than I ever imagined. 

Comment by Patricia on August 18, 2018 at 1:44am

No there isn't. This is awful!

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2018 at 1:42am

It's ghastly, Patricia, no clean air anywhere!

 

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