our hearts to yours alberta

canada burning.

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Smoke fills the air as cars line up on a road in Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday May 3, 2016 in this image provide by radio station CAOS91.1. At least half of the city of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta was under an evacuation notice Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (CP)

Smoke fills the air as cars line up on a road in Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday May 3, 2016 in this image provide by radio station CAOS91.1. At least half of the city of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta was under an evacuation notice Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (CP)

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88,000 people evacuated from one city alone.

homes lost.

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the devastation that wildfire brings.

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at last count 49 wild fires burning.

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 here where i live . . .

tornadoes leave devastation too . . .

but at least they

LEAVE QUICKLY.

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this wild fire has raged for days.

and as i write this . . .

is raging on still.

it’s said now that the fire is creating its own weather conditions.

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it’s bone dry and the winds keep dangerously shifting.

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i can only imagine what it’s like to try to breathe

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running for your life.

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smoke

courtesy:calgaryherald.com

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courageous fighters  above

and below

helicopter

courtesy:newyorker.com

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and to think

the wild life

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lives trapped unable to escape the way we can.

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heart breaking.

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escaping fire

courtesy:bibaoya.com

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it makes my own petty concerns today

inconsequential.

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a visual frame of reference for me here.

for any of us really.

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homes lost

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bless you dear canada.

beloved neighbor.

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our hearts are with you.

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til soon old bean.

til soon.

20 Comments

  1. My dear Tammy…
    What a wonderful post…
    My country is under an absolute nightmare with these fires…
    No rain in sight…they say the fires will continue all weekend…
    Several fires have jumped from British Columbia, the neighbouring province..
    Currently a police convoy of evacuees…heading south of fires…
    My boyfriend is in Grand Prairie…with a morning flight to Edmonton…and then onto Toronto…fingers crossed no glitches along the way…
    I cannot imagine losing our home like this….:o(
    Thank you for your heartfelt concerns…

    Linda

    • tammy j

      darling cc girl.
      i’ve been watching. and will think of him ONLY as safe in his travels and back to you.
      fire to me is the worst of all disasters.
      love.
      tam

  2. its been terrifying,, we have friends and family out west ( I live in Ontario ) we are worried sick,, thank you sweet lady for thinking of us,,you are so kind,

  3. It is an unimaginable catastrophe and I join you in sending my best wishes for the people there for quick resolution of the event and rehabilitation.

    • tammy j

      amen rummy.
      thank you for your thoughts and empathy for canada here.
      i know it’s appreciated. ♥

  4. My prayers go out to everyone in Canada. This is my worst nightmare. To lose everything. I heard on one report that they aren’t allowed to go back for their pets. I don’t know how I could deal with that. It’s just devastating.
    You are so right. I’ve had a couple of things happen in the last few days that upset me and now I’m embarrassed.
    How trivial my problems are.
    Such an awful reminder to be grateful for how fortunate most of us are.
    Xoxoxo

    • tammy j

      powerless.
      the perfect word for it.
      XO♥
      i miss you. i hope you’re doing ok. and the sun is shining for you.

  5. We heard about this across the pond, and I can’t imagine the extent of damage they’re enduring. I too thought about the helpless wildlife. So very sad and tragic. We can only hope this horrible catastrophe is brought under control soon, albeit too late for so many.

    xxx

    • tammy j

      stay safe yourself dear bean… i know you’re enjoying your darling daughter and son in law!
      and that very special little furrie. hope you took some cheerios with you! XO♥
      thank you for taking the time to come by the peanut with all you have going on. ♥

  6. It’s an extraordinary runaway fire. It must be terrifying for anyone living in the vicinity and shattering for all those who’ve had to evacuate and seen their homes burnt to the ground. The latest theory is that the whole fire was caused by a lightning strike in a forest. Incredible.

    • tammy j

      of all the natural disasters… to me fire and flood are the worst and most frightening.
      i have to try to always remember that quote i read once. can’t remember where now.

      ” nature is not cruel. it’s harsh but not cruel. cruelness implies intent.”
      but it FEELS so cruel to us.
      now the northeast of our own country has been experiencing days on end of rain.
      and there’s sea flooding of many areas. homes inundated with it.
      and the canada fires could use some of that same rain so badly right now!
      just as you say… incredible.

  7. This does make our troubles seem insignificant. To lose your home, your things, perhaps pets, lives…..unthinkable. Can you only imagine the terror in the hearts of children?

    • tammy j

      i did think of that about the children.
      fire is scary for any of us. but oh. the little ones.
      and i cannot even think about the lost pets and wildlife.
      like cindi… it’s too horrible.
      dsm.
      i have missed you so. XOXO♥

  8. it’s hard to watch what is happening there. I believe it has been raining but I haven’t really been on the laptop much since I got home so don’t know if it was a good soaking rain or not. Fires are frightful for sure. We have been in the situation before of basically running from one that was coming up to our back fence.

    • tammy j

      I need to catch up as well. I try not to watch the news normally so it had even been
      going on a day or so before I even knew about it.
      and oh my. to find out that you know first hand what it’s like… frightening!

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