Bad news from Southern California: Ventura County on fire

This is positively scary. It seems a massive wildfire hit Ventura County today in Southern California, prompting evacuations and a lot of losses to fire. An upsetting situation to be sure. I had tuned in the live coverage online earlier today and it looks like it will take a long time for this to get…

Hello from beautiful, smoked-out British Columbia

Hi, folks, I am on location in British Columbia reporting from our blog’s “West Coast bureau”, where I have been attempting to be on vacation for the past number of days. As you may have heard, this whole province is on fire! We have been getting no end of smoke here in the Okanagan region,…

BC is being ravaged by wildfires: 14,000 evacuated

The big story on the west coast, and frankly throughout much of Canada, is the rapidly escalating forest fire situation across British Columbia. The number of fires has escalated and more places are seeing evacuation orders, including 100 Mile House. Williams Lake is particularly a hard-hit area. In total, 14,000 residents have been forced to…

Remind me not to move to California; wildfires are out of control

Maybe it’s the movies’ fault, but there is a part of me that is definitely a wanna-be Californian. The sun! The surf! The beaches! But it’s the other stuff about the place that turns me right off. The smog. The crime. The earthquakes. And of course, the wildfires. Lots and lots of wildfires. The latest…