What is with all these wildfires??

  1. Hope everyone out West (USA) and in the Quebec area are OK. We had thick smoke in NJ for the past few days from the Quebec fires. Apparently the smoke went as far south as North Carolina! I know we were under drought warnings in my area a couple of months ago but is it that dry all over????
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   LasVegasRN
    We have not had any appreciable rain in Las Vegas for 3 years. The Lake levels are at it's lowest in history. At any moment, it feels like we are just going to burst into flames - especially today with the temperature being 114 degrees. And that's not the hottest it usually gets!
  4. by   jevans
    OH I wish it's been raining for months in the UK!!!!!
  5. by   oramar
    I wonder if the smoke is causing increase trips to ER for respiratory problems. I actually started smelling smoke today, the haze in Pittsburgh is light but it is definitely here. All of a sudden my asthma is acting up. The weather man says the winds are going to change over night and the smoke is going to blow away. Unfortunately it is going to get worse in NJ.
  6. by   fedupnurse
    Our Er was hopping all weekend, lots of asthma flare ups. Too bad they can't gather up all that horrible flooding in Texas and drop the water where it is needed!
  7. by   Andy S.
    Howdy from AZ,

    The worst part of our fires is that both were set by people, completely preventable. Yeah, the fires were causing quite a bit of resp problems. I am from Winslow AZ and my parents still live there. The smoke was thick enough it didn't lift until about noon. The big problem is most people is this region use swamp coolers, which rely on air from outside to be pulled over wet pads. So not only is it smoky, but it is hot too! Winslow is about and hour and a half from the fires, people were coming there to get out of where the smoke was alot worse. The good news is that it is 100% contained as of yesterday. Still some spot fires, but the damage is done. Now it is clean up time.

    Andy
  8. by   P_RN
    I am so afraid of fire. I can't believe the stories about someone SETTING fires for the notariety!

    I hope that all are safe and the end of these terrible fires is soon.
  9. by   Figaro's Mom
    The smoke floating over from AZ is getting better here (New Mexico). I survived the Cerro Grande fire 2 years ago so I am all for more careful screening of federal forest service employees. A controlled burn that gets out of control is one thing, but it can't beat some pyromaniac working for the forest service, though.

    Meanwhile, my parents are treading water in San Antonio....
  10. by   fedupnurse
    The floods are horrible too! Hope your parents are ok Andy and Figaro!
  11. by   pacernurse
    I was in the ER today for respiratory problems and they told me our ER was busy over the weekend because of the smoke and the ozone levels too. The smoke is also supposed to come back over NJ later this week.

    I just can't believe someone would start a fire just to make sure he had a job. That's really sick. I hope everyone down there in Texas is doing OK and that they are safe.
  12. by   night owl
    I was driving home from work this morning from central NJ to north west PA and by the time I got home my eyes were watering. The smoke was just a haze, but at times you could actually see the smoke moving in the air. Are the water restrictions still in effect? I see people watering their lawns in NJ at night when it's dark...

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