Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Not so Pretty Sight

The following video should be entitled: Natural Horror of the Arrow Lakes. About 20 km south of where we live a wildfire caused by lightning is raging through steep and inaccessible terrain. The residents of Fauquier have received evacuation alerts from the provincial government. The smoke is so dense that the sun is hidden for most of the day. We can barely see the other side of the lake. I let the camcorder run for half an hour and then accelerated the video so it would fit into a 40 second runtime. Let us hope that the fire does not spread into our direction.

Fauquier has been evacuated. We now live in a trailer across the lake.


  1. Clanmother · July 21

    Keep safe. We have been watching the news on the BC fires.


  2. Pit · July 21

    Now that is really bad news. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the fire can be contained soon.
    Stay safe,

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  3. crowcanyonjournal · July 21

    Oh my. We have been keeping track of the big fires in Oregon and California but had not heard of fires in Canada, too! Good Luck, Peter. Hope your home is spared.

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  4. Kyle Kusch · July 21

    Hoping you and Biene are safe and have made it out of the area safely, along with all of our other friends and fellow community members.

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  5. Stefan · July 21

    Hi Dad if you are reading this there is an evacuation order for Edgewood and Needles. Highway 6 is open westbound for people evacuation. Please make plans to leave for Vernon now.

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  6. Robert Parker · July 21

    Very frightening, I wish I could send you some of the rain storms we’ve been getting.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. kopfundgestalt · July 22

    Das klingt furchtbar. Hoffen wir, dass alles gut für euch ausgeht !

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  8. Amy · July 22

    Just awful. Be safe. That smoke has traveled all the way to the US east coast so far and covered the moon here.

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  9. shoreacres · July 22

    Fires have their purpose in the natural scheme of things, but like hurricanes, their effect on humans has increased for a variety of reasons. I hope this one can be contained before it affects the town, and you. Like Rob, I wish we could send you some of our rain. It’s been so consistent that people have begun calling the time it begins to fall every day “rain o’clock.”

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  10. Stella, oh, Stella · July 22

    Fauquier has been evacuated? That means that your home is already endangered? I hope for the best that the fire can be fought successfully. Canada is used to wildfires, so I presume that an effective warning/evacuation practice is in use?

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  11. Ann Coleman · July 22

    I’m so sorry! I hope the fires are contained soon, that your home is spared, and that most of all, you and your wife stay safe.

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  12. Steve Schwartzman · July 22


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  13. I am just reading this a day after. It all sounds very scary, I do hope you and your house is going to be okay and being saved. Please let us know. You are in my thoughts.

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  14. Stella, oh, Stella · July 23

    Hello, Peter, I am not sure that you have access to a computer at all now. I hope that you and Biene, as well as all your sons with their families are in a safe place now. Fires are so terrifying … I have you in my heart!

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  15. Steve Gingold · July 23

    We have had so much rain and I wish we could share it with you, Peter. I hope the fires are under control by now but that is a huge undertaking. Best of luck to you.

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  16. susurrus · July 25

    I am so sorry to read this Peter and to see from the comments that the danger has not yet passed. Your video makes the hillside look like a volcano. I am sending my very best wishes to you, your family and your community.

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  17. Steve Schwartzman · July 28

    Can you post an update on your situation?

    Liked by 1 person

  18. arv! · July 30

    stay safe

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  19. Ankur Mithal · August 13

    Shocked. We have lots of close relatives in California and know of lots of wildfire cases from there, but never Canada. Perhaps also lesser reported in India. Also read about 50C plus temperatures in BC. Stay safe, Peter!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Peter Klopp · August 16

      The fire danger is now so bad that entire towns have been put under evacuation alert. Thank you, Ankur, for your encouragement!


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