Scenario 1: The house is on fire and my mom is getting me out of bed. Then she, Dad and I are gathering whatever we can to get the hell out of hell.
Scenario 2: There is water everywhere coming through the small bungalow. Mom is getting me out of bed to leave.
These are two recurring dreams I had as a five-year old. Fortunately, not precognitive as they never happened for real when I was growing up.
But the first scenario is happening today on the west coast of Canada and the US. I watch the scenes from the Weather Network online and on TV and I hear the pain in evacuees. And it is how most of these fires start that is shocking. No, not God, but humans. Stupid, careless humans tossing their still lit cigarettes into the forests or not making sure their campfires are out. A study says that 84% of forest fires are caused by humans and I would up that to 95%. As one evacuee being interviewed on TV said “they should go to jail.”
I have a better punishment for these careless perpetrators and it is not printable. Just think of how you prepare chickens and turkeys to eat.
Of course, finding the perps is not easy.
The authors of the above study throw in climate change as part of the human cause. Some… maybe…but I’m getting a little upset that humans get the full blame for climate change. Sure, responsible for some, but we either forget or don’t know that 20% of climate changes are caused by volcanoes. Try blaming that one on humans. But carelessness seems to be a big factor when people go camping.
There are lots of problems once these fires start – they spread – lots – often aided and abetted by heavy winds. Dry lightning doesn’t help either. I can’t help seeing the paradox of floods and fires – the rain pours in central and eastern Canada and the US and it is so dry in the west.
What’s wrong with this picture. The rain needs to move – west.
Maybe that’s where God comes in. And you can take that in whatever way you wish.
Here are a few links to stories about wildfires.
Fires pushing closer to Vancouver, BC.
Half of fires in BC caused by humans
Humans too complacent?
The one in Williams Lake and some heartbreaking conversations with evacuees. My heart goes out to them. Just thinking of losing your home to fire or flood is no longer just unthinkable. Unfortunately, it is the norm today.
Besides punishing the perps (if they can be found), those of us who live in another area need to at least donate some money to the Red Cross. That’s what I want to do, despite living in low incomeville.
Some people may decide to pray, but I’m not sure how that one will pan out. If the rain could move to the west instead of places like southwestern and eastern Ontario – still getting drenched with thunderstorms – that would be a big help. Maybe we should all shake our fists at the sky and shout “move the rain west.”
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