Smoke from U.S. wildfires blankets parts of South Surrey on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Black Press Media files)

Smoke from U.S. wildfires blankets parts of South Surrey on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Black Press Media files)

LETTERS: Smoke-filled skies an ominous reminder

Editor:

For several days last month, British Columbians endured smoky skies due to wildfires in Washington State, Oregon and California.

This change in the quality of air seriously impacts health, spreads unpleasant bad smells. It makes people feel suffocated and causes difficulty breathing.

Wildfire smoke is not only a respiratory and health hazard, but adversely affects the environment – it can increase the temperature and produce more heat on Earth.

Every summer we have to face similar threat of bush-fire, whether in Canada or United States. The important question is how to tame the burning threat and save life and property? We need to find new strategies to avert disaster.

Wildfires around the world are surging in number, size, strength and destruction, driven partly by global warming.

It’s a reminder that the moment of crisis has come, and we can no longer prevaricate.

Humans yet fail to comprehend the gravity of the catastrophe that is unfolding before their eyes.

Hanif A. Patel, Surrey

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