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This is the pits have been in the red zone alert for several days 😠. Really makes it hard to get anything done. Yesterday I wore my N-95 😷 and replaced a sprinkler head in the backyard πŸ‘. The smoke is blowing in from Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦. It is cooling down into the 80’s now so that is niceπŸ™. We have not had any rain 🌧 for couple months and now in drought conditions. Hopefully the cooler air stays and some rain would be great πŸ‘. Wish everyone well and hope you enjoy your day πŸ˜·πŸ˜œπŸ˜ŽπŸΎπŸ™. Ken

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So sorry that you have to put up with all that smoke. I didn’t know that they had fires in Canada. It seems the whole world has devastation of some kind. I hope and pray that you have a really good rain soon. Blessings Jimeka πŸ¦‹ 🌈

Kenu in reply to jimeka

Ya, Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ is as bad as California or worse😠. You don’t realize how much extra effort it takes to breath 😟. The 😷 helps a bunch. 🐾Ken

Iona60 in reply to Kenu

Can the smell the smoke in your house? Our cabin is in the Pisgah national Forest. We had a separate filtration system added to the AC just in case we get smoke, which is paying off due to Murphy's law. We passed the extra bucks and no smoke. Yay.

Kenu in reply to Iona60

Yes, no smells in πŸ‘πŸ™ Ken

jimeka in reply to Kenu

Are you coping ok? How is your good lady wife doing? πŸ¦‹

Kenu in reply to jimeka

She has been staying in the house as the smoke is a killer on her asthma 😟. Poor little Sniper has to have his pills and stay in more also. Rozy eyes are bothering her so she is staying in more also, she is so smart to know this bothers her. Smart furbabies πŸ‘πŸ™πŸΎ. Ken

jimeka in reply to Kenu

Sorry I forgot about the affect it would have on pets, even animals altogether. It must be awful not being able to go out, particularly with asthma. I have just had a look at the map to see where the fires are, and it’s unsettling. We all need to be praying for rain for everywhere. I had a phone call from my friend in Melbourne, Australia, and she said that the drought was so bad that the cattle are dying as there is nothing for them to eat. The farmers have used all their winter stocks of hay etc, it does make you wonder what is going on. Take care, blessings Jimeka πŸ™

PunkChic in reply to jimeka

Yes Canada as well as Sweden and Greece. Here in PDX we’ve been sandwiched between Canada’s, WA’s, CA’s and the smoke from the southern part of OR for awhile. Climate change is real and if I could add a pic to this post - proof too.


Hey Kenu,

First CA, and now Canada! You cannot catch a break! How do you go on day to day while the air quality is so poor? Do you have some sort of filtration system for your indoor air? Does the smoke smell linger in all your soft surfaces, ie. clothes, carpets, curtains, etc? I am not sure how I would handle this situation.

Stay strong, and safe,

Carole :-D

Kenu in reply to carolek572

No our air is set up to run clean air so no effect in the house 🏑. We wear our masks 😷 outside. Looks funny πŸ˜† but it saves our health so much, so who cares what others think. πŸ‘πŸ™πŸΎKen

carolek572CommunityAmbassador in reply to Kenu

Stay safe and praying that you will all get relief from these devastating fires.

here's to you Ken, wishing you a great rain fall so it would clean the air for you and that future winds will blow any remaining smoke to another direction. Great day 4me so far. Stay strong, my friend ;)

Thanks πŸ™ Ken

Hi Kenu! The smoke here in the Seattle area has been horrible. I came home on a Tuesday from out of town and coughed and choked all the way from the airport to my home. Thankfully, the weather started changing yesterday so it’s not so bad. I hope you get relief soon too.

Kenu in reply to Raingrrl

I have seen that Seattle has been terrible. Better get you a mask 😷. 🐾. Ken


Ken, Raingirl, CalfeeChick, Amore55, and anyone else in our extended family and our beloved chat room who is In Harm's Way due to the wild fire in the western states please take care and be safe. Fancy1959.

Raingrrl in reply to Fancy1959

Thanks Fancy1959! It got better for a couple of days but more smoke blew in today. Yuck.

Wow! You fixed a sprinkler in that smoke? That’s brave even while wearing an N-95 mask. Don’t forget your eyes too they need to be protected as well. My local news said to wear sunglasses if you don’t already wear corrective lenses as a physical barrier to the particles in the air. They also said to use lubricating eye drops before and after exposure. My own idea is to get some eye wash to use, if anything just to wash out all that particulate matter. Yuk! This link shows active fires Here are some air quality apps that can be helpful EPA AIRNow, AirVisual, and for those of us in Oregon - OregonAir. Thursday morning was pretty bad here in the PDX Metro but now it’s back to blue skies and about 20Β° cooler. Stay safe you guys!

We’re praying for rain here in Oregon, too. New fires seem to be springing up around us, many set maliciously. Many in our church are on alert to evacuate.

Please stay safe with that smoke! I’ll keep you in my prayers.

We’ve had awful smoke the last few weeks in central Utah. Our air numbers were the worst they’d ever seen. Instructions were to stay inside!

Thankfully we had an awesome rsin storm the other night and the fire is finally getting done containment. I wish you luck!

Kenu I would gladly send you rain from PA the ground is saturated it has been an incredible hot humid wet summer we are getting a mini break but the temps and humidity come back next week "yuck"

I can send you lots of love, prayers and many good thoughts and strength to get through.

Take Care of You :)


Kenu in reply to KC0808

Thanks πŸ™πŸΎ Ken

Kenu You have sympathy from this native Californian. Anyone who lives in an area with frequent wildfires or in a place blanketed by smoke knows that not only is breathing difficult, but throats become scratchy, eyes dry and itchy, every surface inside and out (even with the house closed up) is dusted with very fine ash particles. I used to take a dampened towel, drape it over my head and breathe through it to create a more humid and less smokey environment for a few minutes of relief. I hope that the fires across the border subside, that none ignite locally, and that cooler fall weather arrives soon to give you relief.

Stay safe. My eldest son is dealing with the fires in California. He drives a wrecker that is for large vehicles. So he's stuck breathing that Smokey air all day. He hates California. He's been applying for jobs in other states but the potential employers want to do in person interviews and he doesn't have the funds to drive for 2-3 days for a 30 minute interview and maybe not get the job for the effort put in.

Kenu in reply to Peruzzot

There are 😷 on π˜Όπ™’π™–π™―π™€π™£ β€œN-95” that are for smoke πŸ’¨ $12.99 for four and they last 2-4 weeks depending on how long each day. πŸ‘πŸΎ Ken

Peruzzot in reply to Kenu

Thanks. I'll pass the information to him.

So sorry you are having to deal with all the smoke, but grateful that you have some cooler temps. I tried to spend time at a friend's summer cabin in the Colorado Rockies a few years ago, when they were experiencing heavy smoke from Washington state. After a couple of days of dealing with the smoke, AND the much higher altitudes, breathing was becoming too much to deal with, so had to cut the trip short. Took me a couple of weeks after I got home for my lungs to clear and be able to breathe fully. Hope the smoke clears for you soon! And you get rain.

For all y'all whom are close to the fires I pray that y'all are safe.

Ugh, I hated wearing a respirator for 20 minuets at a time, but I guess if it earns your a sprinkler, then it’s ok!

Hi this is ssdw1958 I live in Massachusetts and we are getting smoke here from the fires out of West it looks like a haze.

We too, are simmering in a smokey haze, but it's not Canadian smoke. Ours in Californian, so it isn't ushering in the cooler air that you report. Friends and family in Canada have told me that the amount of fire in British Columbia is an all time record! I guess global warming is hitting us all! Sorry, Mr Trump, but I'm a believer, and mother Nature can attest to that!


Please keep wearing your masks Kenu I clicked on that map that PunkChic put in. That's a LOT of fires! Stay safe Everyone!



Kenu in reply to Jesmcd2

Thanks, Yesterday it cleared out a lot and has cooled off from high 90’s to high 70’sπŸ‘. Slight chance of rain 🌧. Going to warm up through the week back to mid 80’s. Just hope the smoke πŸ’¨ keeps away πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜Ž. Ken

We live in Maine where we are getting a bit of smoke from the Western fires. But my son and daughter-in-law work for the National Forest Service and live in very northern CA. They are just south of Klamoth Falls OR. Our DIL is in Leavenworth OR for 2 weeks working on the fire up that way. Our son is home working on smaller fires in their area. You all have got me wondering if the Forest Service provides any breathing protection to its workers. Hmmm, I think a text is in order. Thanks for the thought.


Wow Ken. Hope your air clears up soon. I've driven though parts of Canada. Been through part of the Yukon, lots of British Columbia, part of Alberta. Nothing east of that. It's a beautiful country and I hope to see more of it one day. We're having wildfires in my area too, only not quite red zone. It's slightly better today than yesterday. We're also having a heat wave with temps about 20 degrees above average for this area. I'm also in a northern climate where the housing is not built with central air conditioning like it is further south. So I'm locked up inside out of the heat and the haze, curtains pulled to block out the glare of the sun, sitting in front of a fan, looking forward to September.


Oops. I just realized you probably posted this last year. Hope your air is better this year!

Kenu in reply to Hidden

I did, this is in Idaho and the smoke was from California, Washington, and Oregon last year. It was terrible, had to wear a mask 😷 outside Ken


Somehow this post popped up on my screen like it was new. I didn't even look at the time on it. I visited a friend in Bonner's Ferry, ID last June. I'd never been there. Beautiful area. Hopefully the fires aren't as bad this year!

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