Many of you have been following the wildfires out west. This has to be one of the worst seasons ever. With nearly 4 million acres burned from Western Canada to Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona, the endless flames on a map are daunting to see. Alton and I love the great outdoors out west. All of these places are dear to our nature lover hearts. But our favorite place is Lake Tahoe. It’s considered one of the “jewels in America.”
We watched as the Cauldor Fire grew out of control and reached within miles of South Lake Tahoe. If not for the ski resorts turning the power of their snow-making machines against this beast, the town would have been scorched. Those who live and vacation in this area have been breathing poor air quality since the fires began over a month ago.
We can’t control the outside air, but we can control the inside air in our homes. Wherever we live on this earth, air pollution and smoke-filled skies will continue to be a problem. There will be times when it is not safe for our children to play outside—especially as the smoke from these wildfires blows thousands of miles our way.
I came across this article by Dr. Jill Carnahan that I thought would be helpful for you.
This article lets us know that we need to be cautious about breathing smoke-filled air. The good news is that Lake Tahoe has been spared, and those who’ve evacuated have been allowed to return to their homes. Usually, fresh air is the best air to breathe, but checking an air quality report on the weather news can help to guide us.
Have you noticed hazy skies from the western forest fires? What precautions are you taking?
For Your Health,