The fires in Canada are going and going and going. They've been going for days.

@writersedge (22579)
United States
May 31, 2010 6:56pm CST
But it took about 2 days for our news to tell us what all the smoke was coming into our region. Then when they did report it, they reported that Vermont had the problem or the New England States. Here's a news flash, we're getting it in Northern NY state, too. I though my neighbors were burning garbage because the wind was mostly blowing it down here in the AM. I googled it and every report is different. 50 wild fires, 52 woodland fires, 70 forest fires, then 7 out of control, 9 out of control, 15 out of control There were some horrible lightening storms last week here and there. We've had more rain than they have, so we were someone protected. The lightening strikes are thought to have started all these fires. Three Native American areas and one town have all been evacuated. Down here, it depends on when the wind blows and in what direction as to when and how much we get. Sometimes I wonder about our news. I wonder if they would forget to evacuate us. They seem to worry about VT all the time and New England. I had a friend who lived up here and thought we were part of New England. NY is a Mid-Atlantic state, we aren't New England. But you'd never know we even existed with the way the news is reported! So are you affected by any wild forest fires now or were you in the past?
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
1 Jun 10
I am in Northern Colorado so we get the occasional mountain fire ( the trees) Nothing compared to what other areas get.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
We seldom get anything like this. When it's dry, they don't allow any kind of fires, but these thunderstorms were unbelievable. I saw so many lightening strikes touch down and now I think some that I saw were in Canada. It's been very dry up there, apparently. Now firefighters from 2 countries are up there trying to stop it. I hope it stops soon. I hope everyone is fine. Meanwhile, I'm getting a sore throat.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
1 Jun 10
I bet stay inside silly!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
I did stay inside as much as I could all day yesterday.
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@ElicBxn (60049)
• United States
1 Jun 10
they do slash and burn in Mexico and we often get the smoke from those here in Texas
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
They must do it for a huge area and when the wind is blowing toward your area for you to get that.
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@ElicBxn (60049)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Oh yeah! And then sometimes they get out of control
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@RobtheRock (2485)
• United States
1 Jun 10
I'm sort of a hermit too. It seems I get most of my news from AOL or here on myLot. To answer your question, I've never been effected by any wild forest fires where I live. When I lived on the Southside of my city, at the end of our street was a wood and the railroad tracks. But we never had any problems.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
This is the first time in my lifetime that one has any effect on where I live. Sometimes there are fires in the Adirondacks, but unless I'm going on vacation there, that wouldn't affect me either.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Wow this is the first I'm hearing about this which is unusual, since if there are wildfires in California we hear about them. Seems our news coverage is all about the oil spill which is getting to be more and more depressing. Also, BP has been lying about the amount of oil spill and now they're telling us it might not be until August before some control is made of the oil spill--lovely--NOT Nope thank goodness..since I live in the NYC area we're not affected by wildfires of any kind--is the smoke very heavy where you are??
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Yes, the oil spill situation IS very upsetting. I don't recall wild fires in Canada in my lifetime, but there may have been some that I just can't recall. I suppose Central Park in NYC could get dry, hit by lightening and be a wild fire. The smoke was like a light smog. It was early AM and after supper on. It's raining now.
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@GardenGerty (90179)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Jun 10
Didn't you know, there is nothing in New York except New York City? I have been pretty much a hermit, and just heard about the fires today. I know that the problem from the smoke is pretty widespread. I feel for those who are dealing with this. I have never been affected by a fire.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Yes, I've heard that and nothing exists above Albany is another one that we like to say. I hope the fires end soon. I hope everyone up there is alright. The Canadians that had to flee quickly. All those fire fighters from at least two countries. I worry about the ability of some people to breath up there and here. So you did hear about it. I'm on weather alerts from our local station because we can't get the channel any more. But they didn't send us a thing. Smog alert would have been nice!
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@celticeagle (114185)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jun 10
They are only as good as their information. Are they in different areas? Maybe some didn't get all their information in in time. I know here locally there is one station I feel confidant I am getting the best information from. I think you have to see what their history is for giving the best and most up to the minute info.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
I don't know. All I know is that we're getting conflicting stories and surrounded by smoke. This morning our local paper finally put something in and said 100 miles of Northern NY was effected as well as New England -VT, NH, through to Maine and down to MASS. We don't have up to the minute info here at all. We're lucky we had news after 2 days.
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@celticeagle (114185)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jun 10
That is so scarey. Wish there was something I could do.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Yeah, me, too. I guess our firefighters are taking turns up there.
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@hotsummer (10308)
• Philippines
1 Jun 10
i don't know where in canada is vermont, my brothers lives in Ontario, i hope that he is not affected. but i live here in the philippines. i have not talked to him yet, i will ask him by phone to inquire about the situation there. it is really alarming to hear this sad news though i am not from up there nor anywhere near that place. i hope every one is safe and no one is hurt even the firefighters who have been trying to quench out the fire. this is another sad and scary news after the oil spill. this is one problem that i think that affects others globally also.like the oil spill.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Vermont is in the United States as are the other New England States and New York State. It is my understanding that Quebec and Ontario are both effected, but it depends on where people are in each province. We're getting smoke once in a while. Not sure what different areas are getting up there. If you get a chance to talk to your brother, that will ease your mind and let you know what is going on. I hope everyone is alright, too. I hope your brother is fine. Many people were evacuated. Those people may be hard to contact for a while.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
4 Jun 10
Vermont sits right on the border of Quebec province. Vermont isn't getting it as bad as New Hampshire and Maine are though. I live in New Hampshire, which is right next to Vermont an on the Quebec border as well and it has been almost choking at times. I have also been spending a lot of time in Maine which borders New Hampshire and Quebec and it is just as bad over here now too.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
1 Jun 10
This is amazing! Sounds as bad as the reporting on the gulf oil fiasco. At least it doesn't seem to have been arson. Hopefully it will be under controls soon.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Yes, amazing how we that are effected/ affected (?) by things can't get news. I hope it's under control soon. Three rez's and one entire town are depending on it. Plus all the people with breathing and lung problems. Thanks and take care
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
1 Jun 10
Morning, writers...YES, the situation in Eastern Canada is extremely serious, and does not seem to be abating! Temps hovering in the 100 to 120 range, extreme high winds that seem to be happening in a circular system, so the smoke isn't ALL blown away, which is causing water bombers to cease operation! FOUR years ago, this July 23, we had a wildfire break out on this SMALL Island, and that is scary..for days, many locals were evacuated to the Lion's Community Center...our only transportation OFF Island ceased to land here to remove person's (B.C. Ferries)...the Martin-Mars Water Bombers were clearing my house by about 100 feet to land in the Ocean and scoop up water, the helicopters 50 feet over my house to scoop water out of a nearby lake. Air quality just barely breathable! I was doing a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. shift making food (breakfast & lunches) for the fire-fighters! It took until the end of September for all of the hot spots to die down...a very long, very scary two months! It was being trapped here that made me buy a boat! An experience indelibly ensconsed in my mind! Never again, please!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Jun 10
In the paper here this AM, 100 acres destroyed. My friend said the rain is evaporating before it can do any good. So far, I haven't heard any more thunder storms. Which is what they wanted, rain, but no thunderstorms. But I guess the rain doesn't do any good. Living on an island in that situation is very scary. You did a wonderful thing feeding all those fire fighters. After our ice storm, I got a wood stove. After your fires, you got a boat. We learn a great deal about what's important during these situations. I'm glad you now have a boat. I bet that is a more secure feeling. I know I feel better having a wood stove as a back up.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
4 Jun 10
I live in New Hampshire and spend a lot of time in Maine and we are getting it pretty bad some days, the air a few days ago was almost choking. The sky had taken on a redish look to it and there was a haze everywhere you looked. Some people have reported a fine ash settling on things here but I haven't seen that myself.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Jun 10
Sounds like you're getting worse than we are. It's like when you're in the direct line of fire from a burning burrel here (an activity that was supposed to be outlawed).