You wonder where people’s minds are sometimes when they want to make political statements not worth mentioning here, using the subject of the fires currently ravaging the interior of British Columbia as a soapbox.
All that matters right now is that over 45,000 people have been displaced, according to the last number I saw, and many of those people weren’t sure if they have a home once they do return.
The air quality in Williams Lake, which was evacuated, is dangerously high and Kamloops, where many of the displaced people have ended up, is also being affected by smoke from the fires.
Air quality advisories have been issued from Vancouver all the way to Saskatchewan and it could conceivably go beyond that area.
The air quality health index expected to reach 10, or "high risk" on Wednesday due to smoke. https://t.co/51VKrnAzoa
— Global Calgary (@GlobalCalgary) July 18, 2017
Not helping the situation is a huge fire currently burning in the Kootenay National Park.
It’s expected to be a hot and dry summer, so there’s no telling right now when this will all end. The last figure I saw was that 300,000 hectares are affected.
Each day is a new situation and some of the people displaced or affected by the fires could be those employed in the golf industry.
What we do know is that the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club posted on its Facebook page here that it closed as of Sunday and there has been no notice of when it will open again.
The poor air quality spreading across Western Canada will affect those with lung, heart and chronic conditions and could begin to affect rounds played, even outside the area in which the fires are burning.
Once it does end, what will it do to insurance rates in that part of Canada, especially after last year’s devastating fire in Fort McMurray, Alta., reported to be the largest payout in Canadian history at $3.7-billion?
The effects on people’s lives, property and businesses, including golf, will be felt for a long time, but the aftermath could bring some unpleasant surprises, as well.