There are forest fires burning in our province in Northern Saskatchewan, in British Columbia to the far west in Canada, and to the South in the Western USA.

The smoke that blows our way has been creating beautiful sunrises and sunsets, albeit from a sad cause.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to live close to these places. Our daughter and family live close enough to the fires in Northern Saskatchewan that their eyes burn from the smoke each time they step outdoors.

“As opposed to serotinous cones, which protect enclosed seeds during a fire, the actual seeds of many plants in fire-prone environments need fire, directly or indirectly, to germinate. These plants produce seeds with a tough coating that can lay dormant, awaiting a fire, for several years.”