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General Discussion / Forest fires.
« on: August 14, 2003, 07:05:57 PM »
Update....  The largest forest fire in BC started with a discarded cigarette by a VOLUNTEER FIREMAN. that quickly became a selfeeding monster that grew into 11,181 hectares and forced the removal of 3,500 people. It is reported that flames reached 100 metres and the fire moved at speeds of 80 metres per minute. The fire is now contained due to the efforts of 500 firemen who are making progress in establishing a 137 kilometer perimiter fire guard.

My uncle was in the London Fire Service during the war and was stationed at Lewisham. I remember my Grandmother telling me that, when we lived on Verdant Lane, he was one of the first to respond to the bombing of Sandhurst Road Primary School. I started school at Sandhurst in 1946 when part of the school was still in ruins.

Thank goodness the temperature is a little cooler today but I could manage to eat s soft icecream cone from Woolworth's in Catford. Does anyone remember them?

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General Discussion / Forest fires.
« on: August 06, 2003, 07:10:15 PM »
Greetings from British Columbia.

Whilst Britain bathes in high temperatures, we in BC are having the worst forest fire season in over fifty years. There has been little or no rain for weeks and the forests are tinder dry.  

Forest fires continue to rage throughout south-central BC keeping 8,000 people away from their homes and a state of emergency is in effect.

At present there are 306 fires of which 217 were started by humans and the rest by lightening. A total land area of 400 sq. kilometers is on fire with at least 225 houses, outbuildings and businesses have been razed.

Phew! It is hot again today but being one block from the ocean over looking the snowcapped mountains on Vancouver Island there is a cool gentle breeze across the water. However, a pint or two from the 'Old Downham Tavern' would go down well right now!

Graham. A

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