A Regina resident who just moved outside of Kimberley, BC is currently on standby when it comes to evacuating the area.
Joel Gagnon moved to British Columbia back in mid-June and said it has barely rained since he moved there.
“It’s nothing like Saskatchewan where it can rain for almost an entire day straight or even two days. This was maybe a couple of drops for maybe ten minutes, then you don’t see any sort of rain for weeks at a time. At the moment, we haven’t seen rain for months.”
The town has been given an evacuation alert and Gagnon was told he needs to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Wildfire smoke has been polluting the area according to Gagnon as it has become so thick. Gagnon suffers from asthma and said he hasn’t experienced any sort of chest pains or asthma attacks since he was five years old.
He said all in all, he hasn’t experienced anything like it before.
“Just because it is so close to home and I’ve never seen a wildfire so up close. Last year, I had friends living near wildfires in BC and you’re worried about them, though it’s not the same living in Saskatchewan as you know you’re in a safer place.”
As of Sunday, the area is still under an evacuation alert as fires surround the west side of the Kootenays.
With files from David Boles