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It’s Smoky Out Here

It’s Wildfire season all over the western part of North America. California has historic wildfires. BC has over 600 burning right now. Just the other day they declared a province-wide state of emergency.

3 years ago we had out first bout with being smoked in. You can see things from that summer at the bottom of this post .

Now it’s 2018.

Even though I’d purchased an air cleaner last summer, I still had furnace filters to tape to my fan so I built another air cleaner like I did in 2015. The pic below was taken Wednesday. I put the new filter on on Sunday.

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To get an idea of how much smoke there is in the air in out valley I took a few more pics.

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A few nights ago I was out with the dogs and realized with all the smoke particles in the air a flashlight beam would be visible. So I set up a rig and took some pictures.

My first picture I took using my phone and it was completely black. So I went to get my DSLR and took some long exposure shots.

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The last time it was this bad in our valley was 2015.

I found breathing was getting to be difficult and since we didn’t have an air cleaning system I went online to find out how to build one.

Then a few days later I had to switch the filter because it was pretty foul.