Scorched Earth

On the way through southern BC a few weeks ago, we managed to avoid a lot of the areas where there had been wildfires this summer. The area between Princeton, BC, and the Okanagan was as lush as ever.




But as we came to the Okanagan, especially near Osoyoos, BC, we saw signs of the recent wildfires that had raged across the land, fanned by high winds during the summer’s drought. In some cases, homes had barely escaped going up in flames.

Wikipedia gives the following definition of “scorched earth.” A scorched earth policy is a military strategy that involves destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from an area. In the Okanagan I saw a different, but just as terrible interpretation of “scorched earth.” Imagine whole hillsides aflame and the wind pushing those flames toward your home.




These were the lucky ones, but it must have been a terrifying time for the residents.

14 thoughts on “Scorched Earth

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Are you at home and sick or homesick? I don’t understand the connection to the horrible pictures I sent. Maybe some of the other pictures have struck a nerve? Why don’t you take a trip home? Would do you good.


  1. Pat

    I saw the fires once when I was in LA. Even from a safe distance it was a terrifying sight. My heart breaks for those in the path of the fires and those who risk their lives to stop it.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I often thought, “What would I do if I were in the path of the fire like those people were? What things would I grab to try to take with me once my family and pets were safe?”



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