These may look like clouds but in actuality this is the smoke billowing up from the Terrace Mountain Fire on Friday evening, July 31/2009. The wind had picked up, and the fire, that had been 80% contained, had flared up and jumped the fire guards that had been put in place.
Most of the mountain has burned now, and many homes along the Fintry Delta below, as well as along the lake shore for a good 25Km stretch, are now threatened. Everyone has been evacuated, and all the parks and beaches along here are now closed to the public until further notice.
This is now the longest and hottest heatwave ever recorded in this area and there is still no real break in sight. The fire situation is extreme and getting worse by the day as new fires are starting all over the province of B.C.,
Today the valley air is thick with smoke and ash. My car was covered with ash and soot again this morning. I am feeling a great sense of loss as I think about the area being destroyed across the lake. As many of you have seen by the photographs in my portfolio of the Fintry Estates,Westside Road, and the Bear Creek Park, this was a very beautiful area and it is all being destroyed now. Such a shame. many historical buildings may be lost and this area will never be the same for many years to come.
This photograph of the smoke seems to have the face of a man looking down upon the flames far below. Can you see it?