Evacuation Alert Expanded – Aug 14

On August 14th a new Evacuation Alert for properties north of Grand Forks was added to the two previous ones. Today, Aug 17, the town of Kimberley was put on evacuation alert.

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Addresses affected:
12425 North Fork Road
12430 North Fork Road
12436 North Fork Road
12440 North Fork Road
12450 North Fork Road
12455 North Fork Road
12540 North Fork Road
12550 North Fork Road
12620 North Fork Road
12630 North Fork Road
12635 North Fork Road
12645 North Fork Road
12750 North Fork Road
12800 North Fork Road
12835 North Fork Road
12955 North Fork Road
13005 North Fork Road
13105 North Fork Road
13111 North Fork Road
13115 North Fork Road
13125 North Fork Road
13815 North Fork Road
13825 North Fork Road
13860 North Fork Road
16525 North Fork Road

Province Declares State of Emergency

Aug 14 – A province wide State Of Emergency has been declared due to the WildFire situation.

As reported in  Global News

As of Aug. 14, there were 566 wildfires burning in B.C., with 29 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,050 people (1,521 properties), in addition to 48 evacuation alerts impacting approximately 18,720 people (9,359 properties).

This state of emergency is for 14 days – it can be extended it needed.


Smoke gets in your eyes, lungs, house, etc . . . what to do about it.

Update at bottom

Back in 2015 the valley filled with wildfire smoke and I began to find myself just on the edge of not being able to catch my breath. Since then I’ve learned that I have asthma and that knowledge has explained a lot. But simply knowing doesn’t give you protection from the smoke.

The best advice for people with compromised breathing when things get this bad is ‘go somewhere else’. Well even if I could afford that (and I cannot) where in BC isn’t experiencing some amount of smoke in the air?

IF you live in a house with forced air heating then you likely have a furnace filter and maybe even an integrated air scrubber. If that is the case I’d advise you to check your filter and replace it if necessary. Or if you have an electrostatic cleaner that requires cleaning – do that now.

But what if you are like me and don’t have forced air heating? Or live in a multi-unit dwelling and have no control over that part of the infrastructure?

Well back in 2015 I did some research and found out how to make my own air cleaner. It’s primitive but it works enough that the night I didn’t use it I woke up with a headache from all the crap I breathed all night.

So here are my videos of my home-built air scrubber – I made another one yesterday Aug 12, 2018. The one below is the first, the one after shows how dirty the filter got in just 4 days . . .

One last note for you If you have a relatively later model car, truck, van or SUV you might find the air in there cleaner than the air in your house. All modern vehicles have cabin air filter systems that try to clean the air feeding into the cabin. So if you’re desperate you might want to get in your vehicle, close all the windows and turn on the air system. Just don’t do that in your garage . . .



This is what the filter I built on Sunday looks like Wednesday morning almost 3 days later