on fire

This is an early morning photograph, downtown, not this year.

It was frightening to fly back from Wisconsin last week and have the plane descend into smoke in Seattle. The smoke from fires in British Columbia and Washington blanketed the city. I am used to descending into cloud, but smoke looks brown and was neither opaque nor transparent. Haze.

I missed the worst air, but the smoke still bothers me. One afternoon my receptionist and I both were having trouble with eye irritation from the bad air. My clinic is in a 1950s building and closing all the windows and doors is hot! No air conditioning.

I am hoping that we make changes to slow and mitigate climate change and global warming: I don’t want the world on fire!

How many summers will it take? My guess is three consecutive summers….

7 thoughts on “on fire

  1. The only saving (balancing) grace for here in the Pacific Northwest is that the winters are supposed to be wetter as the summers become drier and hotter.

  2. shoreacres says:

    There’s another issue that needs to be dealt with (and which is being addressed in many areas) and that’s our years-long and misguided attempts to suppress fire, especially in forests. One of the problems fire suppression brings is the buildup of fuels that increases the severity of fires when they finally erupt. Setting aside other causes, there always have been naturally caused fires (lightning, for example) and they have an important role to play in a healthy ecosystem. Like damming a river, medding in natural fire cycles can bring unhappy consequences — like your eye irritation!

    • drkottaway says:

      Agreed: In this post [https://drkottaway.com/2017/01/28/pain-as-a-vital-sign/] I was thinking of pain suppressed and wondering if it could build up like the suppression of forest fires….

    • drkottaway says:

      Agreed: In this post [https://drkottaway.com/2017/01/28/pain-as-a-vital-sign/] I wondered if suppressing pain could have the same effect of suppressing forest fires…..

    • This is indeed a serious problem, but at least here in the States, there is an increasing awareness to let small fires burn the underbrush (aka kindling). This biggest challenge is the people who decided to build their homes into these forested areas…in the effort to not to loose one house, the impulse is to immediately squelch the flames.

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