Day 647. It is very hard going forward from the largest disaster in Canadian history. There is still a massive evacuation still in progress from north of Fort McMurray where they have been cut off since Tuesday. Still, that got cut off a few times for fire and smoke blocking passage. It continues to be an active situation. Now North Eastern BC has wildfires north of Fort St John area in the same unseasonably hot weather band. 90 fires out of control to Alberta’s 40.
It turned out to be prescient a couple weeks ago about determining the whole oil or oil sand scene to be cursed, but this is a whole new level of cursed. Before it was just an average money pit of backstabbing, greed, thieves, rats, climbers, overblown setups, and lies. Now it is all that on fire or burnt to a crisp. The people soldier on, but it could be a while before there is a downstream to it again. This disaster hit the entire country’s GDP. Economic output is forecast to be 0% for at least a quarter. That will require a lot of help to put back right.
All that time there are still all the woodland vectors that go with that. They’ll come back as fast as the undergrowth after the fire. The fire is now the devil they know, while the vector nematode parasites are the devil they still do not know. Omnipresent and omnipotent, they were what underlaid my own physical curse with multiple vector illnesses. In the same band of latitude, Ft St John silently goes through the same thing, missing the population center this time, sparing them the headlines this time.
Syncrude, Suncor, Shell, Conoco, CNOOC, and more are all shut down. When you live in a tinderbox, it’s not a good idea to cast oily rags or stones. It is all made worse by having a cork put in any pipeline out. We know what happened replacing that with trains. Megantic. Who knows what else awaits us in that back pressured supply line? Perhaps this will finally be enough to end all the foolish political games. Somehow, I kind of doubt it though. Once they recover from this nuclear level backfire, they will get right back to ensuring the politically fragile sustainable supply integrity. They’ll be back. Party Hog already has a song about it.
There is still an over riding uneasy feeling to it all. So devastating. So close to home. The fire is expected to double to 200,000 hectares by tomorrow. That’s 2,000 square km. or over twice the size of New York City. It boggles the mind, and is obviously dominating our thoughts and everything around here for now. Add the Beatton River Airport Road fire and it starts to get a little closer to home. El Nino brought it home out west this year for sure.