GINTA – The do and don’t lists of Summer

 (Image: File photo, Daniela Ginta)

A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO the Kamloops skies were smoky from the wildfires in Alberta and everyone was thinking the same: it’s too soon. Aside from a few small fires around Kamloops, we are having it as good as can be with mornings crisp and fresh, and no smoke whatsoever, though the temperature keeps rising.

The hills are getting drier and the fire danger higher with each day of heat and no rain — which we want, but without lightning. For example, the fire danger in Peterson Creek Park is now rated as high, which means vigilance is implied. The occasional cigarette butt, whether from park visitors or from the highway traffic, is a worrying sight.

A friend who walks the new path daily has commented on the sidelining rye grass. Beautiful to look at but a real fire hazard. Again, cigarette butts are often flicked along the path instead of garbage bins. Please don’t.

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