The last three, four weeks of my life have been an absolute mess. Needless to say, I am absolutely exhausted.
On Friday, July 7th, I was evacuated from my home due to an imminent threat of “extreme” forest fires in my area. I spent a week in Williams Lake before Williams Lake was evacuated. My family and I then proceeded to Prince George, where I spent two weeks before the evacuation order was downgraded to an alert and I was able to return home.
The joys of living in the boonies, let me tell you. My house wasn’t harmed, and the fire didn’t come near our neighborhood at all, but my goodness… what a terrifying and humbling experience. It’s been one extreme to the other. I’ve been absolutely manic one moment to absolutely drowning in despair the next. So awful and exhausting. The worst was having to explain to Emilie what was going on, and actually seeing the fires first hand. We had to drive the long way to Prince George through Little Fort and Valemount and up to McBride, and while on the straight stretch before Clearwater, we got to see the mountains on fire, and the fire looked like magma rolling down into the valley. Single-handedly one of the most terrifying and incredible things that I’ve ever seen.
And don’t even get me started on the heat. The heat went right into my bone marrow.
I won’t elaborate too much on my time from home. I’m still working through a lot of the emotional turmoil and it’s an ongoing thing because if the winds change and the fire changes, I can be re-evacuated at any time. Let me just say I was never so glad to see my house as I was when I was allowed to come back to it. My Levi fish survived my three-week absence, my Kirby was well taken care of at the Humane Society, so I was super thankful.
I did take some video footage of the fires as they happened (on my way home from work that night – everything flared up in a span of fewer than five hours), but I haven’t gotten it off of my camera yet. I did manage to get some small snippets of the fire damage next to the highway on my way to work on my phone. Forgive the muffled Pantera.
As you can see, the damage is pretty extensive. There are many areas which are more heavily damaged, but as they are still under patrol by the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces… no bueno.
I just want my life to go back to normal. This month has been a complete write-off, and I have never been so excited for the approaching fall and winter in my whole life.