The Skies Are Getting Scary!

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years, you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

Last night Tim had gone to see one of his friends. He came into the house and said ” you need to see this, bring your Camera!”

I quickly grabbed my Camera  without asking any questions and went out to the van  which was still running.

Tim drove us out to the corner where Rawlings Lake Road and Mable Lake Road meet. Here the Sky was so dark and ominous, it was scary.

We drove down Rawlings Lake Road towards Hwy 6. The clouds were following us, the sky was not as dark but still it had a creepy feeling in the air. 

When we got into town we needed gas looking down the street at the 4 way stop sign, you could see where there was a line, on the left side it was clear,  bright and with no clouds on the right side it was still dark and cloudy, it seemed apocalyptic!

Shortly after we got home, I looked out the window, grabbed my camera, and said to Tim “OMG you need to come and see this.!” The sky was a brilliant orange. 

Do you remember a couple of weeks ago this happened as well? The Sky got pitch black, it was only 6:00 pm yet it was darker than Midnight without a moon. Then all of sudden there was a brilliant orange glow. It was very scary then too. The whole time all we could smell was smoke. This might be happening more than once or twice. 

Our air quality for the last couple of weeks has been extremely poor. 

Did you know that this past Saturday August 14 2021, with all the smoke surrounding us by 6:00 pm Lumby air quality had a rating of 405 which was 45 times higher than regular exposure, we were classified as Hazardous! Earlier in the day our rating had been 281 which was 26 times higher than regular exposure making it Very Unhealthy. It is recommended that when the air quality becomes unhealthy to wear a Mask Outdoors, Run an Air Purifier, Close Your Windows,  Avoid Outdoor Exercise. 

Breathing in all this smoke can cause you to have: Coughing more than usual, Trouble Breathing, Wheezing, Asthma Attacks, Stinging Eyes, Scratchy Throat, A Runny Nose, Irritated Sinuses, Headaches, More Tired than usual, Chest Pain, Fast Heartbeat. All of these symptoms can occur in anyone even if you haven’t had them before.

Did you know that humans are not the only ones affected by this smoke, our animals are also affected. They also can develop respiratory ailments. Here are some signs to look at your pet for: Gagging and Coughing, Their Breathing is difficult, they may open their mouths and have increased noises when Breathing. They could have excessive watery eyes, or an eye irritation. There could be inflammation in their throat or mouth, or some  symptoms that are like Asthma . Their rate  of Breathing may have increased. They seem to have more Fatigue or some Weakness. They could be Disorientated or seem to be Stumbling.

They may not have an appetite, or not drink enough water. If you see any of these symptoms appear in your pets, call you Vet.

You can help to protect your pet by keeping them indoors with the windows closed as much as you can. Have them go out to go to the bathroom then in again as soon as possible. 

If you have a Bird that you sometimes take outside, with all the smoke in the air, don’t do this as they are very susceptible. 

I know it is much harder with livestock, but the suggestions from the internet is as follows: Limit their exercise, have as much fresh water near their feeding areas. Sprinkle or mist the holding areas for the Livestock. 

There are a lot of suggestions online for our pets and livestock. Check under Pets and Disasters.

It is very scary out there right now for most of us. We all need to  be ready for anything. In both of our vehicles we each have a couple of bags ready to go just in case. Both vehicles have his and my clothes, our medications, some food for us, and some water. We also each have food for the pets, leashes, doggy bags, dishes, etc. We have this in both cars just in case we are separated. As you never know what can happen.

Be safe everyone, be kind to others right now as we don’t know what anyone is going through.