GINTA – Most of the human caused troubles can be avoided

(Image: BC Wildfire Service)

THERE IS NOTHING like thick billows of wildfire smoke close to town to remind everyone that Mother Nature has an indubitable upper hand. Humbling.

As the fire was raging, I heard someone say, ‘I hope it’s not human-caused, but I am afraid it might be.’ I guess many of us had the same thought. It happened too many times already this year and in previous years too.

Then the confirmation came: human-caused. While freak accidents are just that, there is something infuriating about one more human-caused wildfire. On Thursday night, the burnt side of the hill where the fire raged during the afternoon was a tapestry of eerily glowing smoldering bits. If something can be scary and beautiful at the same time, I think that sight comes as close as can be.

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Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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