Friday, September 24, 2010

down, down, down, in a burning ring of fire.....

When we purchased our home and moved in a few years ago the land was surrounded by trees. There were trees to the north of our home, not on our property, but beautiful trees that shielded our home from view of the road and from North winds, and above all, were just downright pretty.
We asked the owner of the property, who was leasing the land to a farmer, that if he ever decided to sell to please let us know because we would like to purchase the land and keep the trees. He said he would do so and said as far as he was concerned the trees would never come down.
Well, he sold the property, didn't tell us, and the trees came down last summer. It was very distressing and we have a plan to plant trees, but it will never be the same.
The trees have been in piles right on the boundary of the properties for over a year. This weekend he decided to burn them.
I was away in B.C but Shel was home and said it was unreal. We are literally being smoked right out of our house. The smoke in insane and no-one can breathe, not even the pets.
She tried to call everyone she could think of to see if there was anything we could do and there isn't one thing. We have to wait it out. It's so ridiculous. I know it's his land and he can do what he wants, but there should be some kind of rule about impacting the health of others by what you do on your own property. Here are some pictures of what it looks like today - it's been burning a week now.

 From the north looking back towards our house. That's the barn you can see through the haze.

On our property looking north at the east pile - there are two piles burning.
From the road looking back at the smoke - it's smoke, not fog.



that is horrible! i would be so mad!

Anonymous said...

that is insane... you would think that at the least they would have had to get a permit for a fire that big! Who DOES that??

CinnamonOpus said...

That's just... I'm... just...

The next sound you hear will be the sound of my forehead smacking into the desk repeatedly.