All was sunny and bright when we camped in Lumsden last night. Air quality was good and nothing seemed amiss. Early this morning seemed to be as nice as yesterday. Birds were singing, a critter kept Tomlin's attention and all was good.
Boy! Did that change fast. Air quality slid downhill in a couple of hours. The air was stinging by the time our laundry was done and visibility was greatly reduced. I'll let the photos tell the stories of the smoke from the Saskatchewan fire. Photos are untouched except for sizing.
Our campsite first thing this morning.It's nice and clear. There's nothing to indicate anything was amiss. Just a nice pleasant day.
The ball field when we first got up this morning. From all appearances, the field looks ready for teams to gather. Again, nothing indicates the change that the Saskatchewan fires will bring.
Two hours later...
Our campsite is the one on the left. It was taken from a slightly different angle from the picture above. You still get the idea. Only two hours passed between photos.
The camp host said that we were 200 miles from the fire when the pictures were taken. It's scary how fast the smoke moved in. I cannot imagine how quickly the blaze must be moving and pray for all those in harm's way and for all the personnel who are working with the fire and victims.
We figure that the best we can do in relation to how the Saskatchewan fires affect us is to keep driving toward Alaska. Our van windows are up, the air is on recirculate and my inhaler is at the ready.
Leaving Lumsden took us on a southern part of Hwy. 2. The gas station was packed. I would describe the feeling as calmly tense. People were buying snacks and everyone seemed eager to get back on the road.
This post is being written from a Tim Horton's in Battlefords. Air quality is bad here too. These news reports indicate that Saskatchewan air quality could be an issue for awhile.
Here are a couple of photos taken from Hwy. 2:
We took this photo after stopping for gas on Highway 2. Smoke from the Saskatchewan fire almost completely hides the second oncoming vehicle.
I took this so I could remember where the other photos of the smoke from the Saskatchewan fire were taken.
I hope life in Canada can get back to normal soon. Hubby and I are getting back on the road. One of us will post another update when internet presents itself again. In the meantime, where ever you are, stay safe!