Before our September road trip departure both of us had already experienced the unnatural smoke filled mountains surrounding Canmore, Alberta due to wildfires in British Columbia.
Our first encounter demonstrated how quickly a very calm blue sky afternoon could turn deadly over an hours time as the wildfire smoke filled the Valley around Slave Lakes. The smoke caused birds to land on the water, elk and other wildlife became extremely vocal calling out to each other.
Eventually we were unable to see the lake which was less than 100m away from our tent site.
Yesterday and today, we have been driving through extremely dry conditions from Invermerre to Golden and Salmon Arm to Merritt, our thoughts continually reminded by the intense smoke filing each and every valley after valley layered between mountain ranges that the fires persist, as hundreds of paid and volunteer firefighters continue efforts to contain mother natures self-destructive behaviors.
Wildfires mostly caused by storms and lightning strikes continue to plague Southern British Columbia.