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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.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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14 thoughts on “Scorched Earth

    • 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. 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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  2. I felt so bad for those who were affected by the wildfires this year. Across the continent, it was the worst I can remember for the loss of homes. That would be devastating!

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  3. I can’t image the terror you must feel as the flames race towards you…Drought and fires are such a tragedy.

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  4. My aunt was caught in a bush fire in Australia once (surrounded by fire). She said she was sure she and her son were going to die. Scariest thing that ever happened to her.

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  5. How devastating! Hard to imagine. Thanks for reminding me.

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  6. Fascinating story and pictures!

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  7. I love your first photo with that little red tree in the center.

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