Wildfire season came a good three weeks earlier than usual in British Columbia and you’ve likely seen what’s been happening on the news.
It all starts pretty quickly, then keeps on going. At the end of June and the first few weeks of July, we had a pretty good hot, dry spell (for us) going.
One of the big problems is the pine beetle infestation that’s hit forests in the interior and the north, making trees like kindling, so it sparks and goes, whether it’s a lightning strike or somebody throws a cigarette out the window.
You take a drive through the interior in the north and in what used to be lush forest, for every beautiful tree that you see, there are now 50 dead ones that can go up in smoke.
It is a concern for golf, but so far, it hasn’t done any major damage. Kelowna is a high traffic golf area and my wife’s family goes up to Oliver ever summer to spend a couple of weeks at the lake.
I try to get up there for three or four years and there were some forest fires that weren’t all that big comparatively speaking, but when you come out in the morning, your car is covered in ashes.
The first season usually doesn’t start until August, which we’re just arriving at now. Let’s hope it’s gotten it out of its system early with what’s gone on already, but I somehow doubt it.