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Old 05-05-2016, 06:46 PM   #101
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Assuming the CPC/IRI ENSO forecast is correct, we should be transtioning from el niņo to ENSO neutral some time in the next few months and into la niņa by fall. They're supposed to update their forecast at the end of next week.

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if you think this is bad, wait until all that pine beetle killed timber really dries out.



combine that with the trend towards hotter summers, with much longer periods in between rain falls.
most of it in the areas i frequent in the kamloops/interior has been bone dry for the past 3-4 years at this point already, no longer red but grey.

Grey at least looks a lot more appealing than the red trees
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most of it in the areas i frequent in the kamloops/interior has been bone dry for the past 3-4 years at this point already, no longer red but grey.

Grey at least looks a lot more appealing than the red trees
That's what concerns me the most about living in the Interior. Lots of completely dead trees that are just waiting for a single spark.
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If Crusty and the Liberals actually care about British Columbia and the risk of wildfires like the shit storm in Fort Mac now, the provincial government must do much more work in clearing the undergrowth that builds up in our forests over the years. I am talking about dead trees, branches, etc. the potential fuel sources that can start dangerous wildfires in the summer. The Liberals in BC need much more preventative measures in forest management to be done quickly to lower the risk of big wildfires from happening in BC forests.

Less time campaigning for LNG and more time and resources spent on preventing forest fires, Crusty.
You realize there have been prescribed burns going on all over the province since at least late winter, right?
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To be fair for those talking about preventing fires in BC. I was in the back country just outside merritt mountain biking this past week after work every day, and it seems like every night we would see 10-15 British Columbia trucks driving out from Range Road 18.

At 4 people in each vehicle there was conservatively 50 people in the bush all week clearing out undergrowth and conducting controlled burns to protect the area around Merritt and the Coq. You could see the work they had done as well, entire blocks of tree's had the area around them cleared out completely.

So it's not like the province here is doing nothing, if I caught these crews working in Merritt, I am sure there are others all over the province.
Try following the Wildfire Branch's Facebook page - they post regularly about prescribed burns taking place, mainly so people don't worry when they see the smoke. Controlled burns have been underway since at least late winter, all over BC... and those are just the ones close to population centers that they post about.

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Given the men and equipment they have to haul around and some of the terrain they need to cover... anything less would be half-assed.
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That's what concerns me the most about living in the Interior. Lots of completely dead trees that are just waiting for a single spark.
Some crews came through our place 2-3 years ago and took down all the beetle kill on our land... didn't cost us anything, they just wanted the wood. Fair deal. There's still fuel around, but it's not nearly as bad.
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Hey Air CANADA, so much for being Canadian and helping in time of need. Let's jack up the prices to make it even harder for people in Fort Mac to leave. Way to go
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I just checked and the last flight (can't check the other since they're gone already) maxes out at $1118 for Business class (the economy ticket is $376, cheaper than that Westjet one). Maybe she should be complaining about whoever is charging 4x the rate AC is and not AC themselves.
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Here's the actual article with what happed on the air Canada flights

Fort McMurray fire: Air Canada to offer partial refunds for people fleeing wildfire | Globalnews.ca
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heres a update of how big the fire has gotten. holy fuck

How big is the Fort McMurray fire? - Macleans.ca

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Rex says this rather well, as to what this should mean to 'decent' people.

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Hopefully Fort Mac gets some rain soon
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Air Canada is not gouging it's surge pricing just like Uber.
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Air Canada is not gouging it's surge pricing just like Uber.
100% correct.

BUT, westjet also has surge pricing and their prices were manually kept low (according to a friend of mine who works at westjet here in Calgary) and that is why people are mad.

Plus, people just like to bitch at anything.
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100% correct.

BUT, westjet also has surge pricing and their prices were manually kept low (according to a friend of mine who works at westjet here in Calgary) and that is why people are mad.

Plus, people just like to bitch at anything.

I think Surge pricing is B.S.
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I've visited Fort Mac and my wife's brother, sister in law, step mom and her boyfriend are all there. My wife's father also works there but is laid off and living on Vancouver Island.

Her sister in law is pregnant in 2 weeks so it was extra stressful. They were evacuated north and got out safely to Mackay River camp and then to Firebag. The three of them were air lifted out to Calgary first since medical issues were first then families with children. They have a half duplex and a townhouse and both are still standing at this point. Things could change though.

They are safe in Calgary in an apartment now. Our family and strangers are sending her baby supplies since most of it was left behind. She will have everything she needs now. Amazing how people come together to help.

They have been told it will be weeks at best before they will be working again. It sounds like Alberta will be providing financial support to residents.

My heart goes out to all the residents of Fort Mac.
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Google images of the areas of Fort Mac that suffered significant damage from the wildfires (areas circled in red):

http://globalnews.ca/news/2684778/fo.../?sf25805435=1
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im suprised with all those lifted trucks, no one is driving on the highway median.
I would like to think, cuz Canada.
If this was China, well.
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This is to get INTO an event and tour group. I would be scared to think what would happen if it was a life or death situation...
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