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It's getting harder and harder to breathe

Friday, September 11, 2020

Here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest things have become quite hazy. For the last 4 or 5 years we've had forest fires come and go which have affected air quality, sometimes significantly. But this year, it is definitely the worst it's ever been. Our air quality is currently worse than China's worst days by a hundred and fifty percent. We have been advised to stay indoors and keep our windows closed. My throat has been scratchy and I've had an ongoing headache for the last three days. And of course, the smoke is very visible everywhere you look.

Three days ago, my brother and his family, who live about 50 miles south of me, had to evacuate their home with their 6 animals. Fortunately, my parents are within driving distance and could take them all in. After 72 hours of not knowing if their house was going to burn down, they were finally given word that the fire was extinguished or contained and they were able to go home. So I guess they were lucky, though I'm not sure my SIL was feeling that way throughout the ordeal. On the bright side, they caught 2 arsonists in our state, one in Eastern Washington and one in Western. and have detained them.

I am somewhat worried about my chickens, as they have no choice but to be out in this. If memory serves me correctly though, they are at stop, drop and roll level which should be to their advantage, As long as they don't jump up on anything. I actually don't know if being down low helps in a situation where heavy smoke is just spreading across the land for days, or if it's only applicable in the midst of an actual burning building, which you'd be out of quickly. I'm going to tell myself it helps them, because that's all I've got. I don't like it Sam I am. Not for a hen, not for a lamb. I don't like it here or there...I don't like smoke anywhere!

I don't know how to end this blog, since saying "stay safe" is absurd, when the very air we need to sustain our lives is filled with thick smoke and will continue to be into the foreseeable future. "Stay out of the pacific northwest" seems more on point, but also not very friendly. So I guess I'll just go with the old tried and true "Have a nice weekend".

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    I have been worrying about all of you in the path of the smoke - not a good situation, any way you look at it. I pray that they are able to get the fires under control. Please keep us posted as you are able.
    35 days ago
    I see those pictures on the news and am just horrified. And such a waste, all those trees, and the poor wild life. And right away I think of the people who are effected, I don't know how I would handle it. Just stay strong.
    43 days ago
    glad your family is safe, how scary. hope and praying they get the fires contained and the smoke clears emoticon
    43 days ago
    I just read this after I post it on your page so I am glad your brother and their animals were able to go to your parents. Sitting here in Oregon is horrific! I stay indoors accepted — out very quickly To put fresh water in the bird bath for the birds who need water everyday! That's all but I still can smell smoke in our house even though we keep the doors and windows shut. Woke up with a headache But my heart goes out to those who have had to evacuate and have lost their homes and worse! My daughter and her family are in San Francisco and it is a dreadful! The governors in all 3 of the states would not do a darn thing But stay in there safe zone! I won't even get started on that!
    43 days ago
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    43 days ago
    It's very scary. Glad you family is okay. We need rain so badly. Stay safe.
    43 days ago
    I love that your title is the catchy line from a Maroon 5 song ;) I’m also in the PNW, and where I am, the smoke moved in today and is absolutely overwhelming! Thinking the next few days will be inside days :(
    44 days ago
    I've seen the pictures and they're terrifying...I hope the fires don't come any closer to you!
    44 days ago
    I pray for you and all those in the states which are affected by these fires and smoke

    44 days ago
  • CHACHA0711
    I just got back from California the smoke was so thick it was hard to breath. So hard having so many trails, hang in there
    44 days ago
    I live in Oregon and I understand how you feel. It has been terrible and there is no way to get that smoky taste out of your mouth without eating something.
    I am not sure if you are in Oregon, Washington, Or California but it is bad and I am praying for all of us that it will soon be over with.
    44 days ago
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