After a very dry Spring and early Summer, Saskatchewan (and its bordering provinces) has entered a very severe forest fire season. While the fires are more or less limited to the Northern portion of the province, just about the entire province is suffering in one way or another.
Things took a turn for the worse in Regina late this morning when the smoke from the Northern fires finally began to drift into town. By my brief lunch-hour walk about my building there was enough smoke that it was irritating my throat and had gone a fair way towards obscuring the sun (that it wasn't over 30 was the only consolation prize). It wasn't long after the smoke began to move through town that you could even begin to smell it inside.
Of course, as the day/evening has progressed the situation hasn't improved. Actually, it's bad enough that we are being discouraged from outdoor activities (including things like pet walking).
So kids, if anyone ever asks you can let them know that forest fires can be trouble for a much wider portion of the population than just those individuals put in harm's way by the fire.