It’s not playing down the Alberta fires in the least, it’s just that it’s all relative, plus something smells here:
The massive wildfire that forced almost 90,000 people to evacuate in Alberta is growing and approaching the neighboring province of Saskatchewan, Canadian officials said.
Dry and extremely windy conditions are fueling the blaze, which has scorched more than 1,560 square kilometers (602 square miles) and ravaged the city of Fort McMurray, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Saturday.
“The situation remains unpredictable and dangerous,” he told reporters.
Alberta is “tinder dry,” he said, adding there was a possibility of a drop in temperature and a slight chance of rain early next week.
A downpour is needed to tame the fire that is the size of Hong Kong and almost 25% bigger than New York City. It has displaced about 88,000 people, wiped out at least 1,600 structures and sent plumes of smoke as far away as Iowa. The fire may double in size, Goodale said.
When people speak of hosepipe bans over here, I smile, having lived years in Australia. When people speak of cold, try minus 37, attempting to start a car. On the other hand, the wetness is a killer – the coldest I’ve ever felt was on Hadrian’s wall at 6 a.m. one winter.
Yes, the fires are bad but if the area is known for it, then precautions would be a matter of course – burning off around the houses, close to roads, creating firebreaks, trimming trees and other foliage leading up to the summer, sorting the shutters, sorting the water supply.
Then again, do people ever do that? Britain is a cold place and yet how many have double-glazing?
The blaze is moving in a northeast direction and could reach the border with Saskatchewan by the end of Saturday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said.
Oh my goodness – Notley, Ms Useless herself of “prosecute the dissident” infamy. Might head over and see what Ezra has to say about it. Here he is:
In Fort McMurray, it seems like history is repeating itself. In 2011, another city in northern Alberta, called Slave Lake, also had a massive fire tear through town, also in May, the dry season. A massive evacuation. Damage totaled $800 million.
So 18 months later, the province produced a report. Their very first recommendation to prevent another fire like that was that municipalities cut down trees near buildings, roads and hospitals.
And the report was ignored, by the PCs, then the NDP. So they’re partly to blame.
But so are environmental extremists.
You see, they think cutting down a single tree is a shameful act.
In Fort McMurray, they didn’t cut down trees next to highways and buildings. Under pressure from eco-extremists, they planted more of them, in the name of “eco-tourism.”
The town also adopted a “green plan,” ensuring “that natural features of development sites (trees, vegetation, wetlands, etc.) are not removed or filled.”
Then of course, when the fire did come, the NDP government had cut the firefighting budget by 80 per cent, and Notley literally laughed at any “fear mongers” who dared question that.
Yep, I just KNEW Notley had to have been behind this with her cockamaimy policies, the parachuted idiot, along with all those who supported her. Instead of well-ordered, time-worn procedures and common sense, these leftist morons have put the state at high risk, as Ezra details.
In Australia, it is de rigeur to burn off, even if there are no bushfires – the bushland grows back better and stronger. It’s not unlike very strong frosts over here or in Russia – they’re crucial to the wellbeing of the foliage, come spring.
The message is clear – do not mess around with nature’s natural course. The only changes need making are where humans interface with it, e.g. in cities and towns. And there are time-reinforced procedures.
I just knew Alberta had not done that and when the leftwing CNN started bleating, it was obvious they were covering something up, just as with the Missouri flooding and that idiot “I’m the big boss” parachutee Jodi Farhat, just as with the flooding in England.