Burns Bog

bevvyd
#1
Burns Bog is on and under fire, literally. It is a peat bog and the fire is expected to burn for weeks if not months.

Here's a link to the Burns Bog Society and another to some wonderful pictures of the place.

http://www.burnsbog.org/

http://www.blevinsphoto.com/gallery.htm

And the news story:

http://www.mytelus.com/news/article....icleID=2027633

Heck even the GVRD has issued an air quality alert.[/img]
 
peapod
#2
What a shame, its always amazing the wildlife and plant life you find in a bog, and the burns bog was well known. I wonder how the fire started? Especially considering how many developers wanted that land developed...
 
no1important
#3
It should never be developed and putting a highway through it was not good. btw- I have been smellingit at my place almost since it started. I have seen deer, bears, small animals and loads of birds there. It is a nice place to take a stroll.
 
Twila
#4
The whole lower mainland stinks. Visibility is poor.

My house stinks because of it. THey say you can smell it all the way to Nanaimo!
 
#juan
#5
Hi Bev

Burns Bog fires have been a thing for as long as I can remember. It is a kind of peat bog and peat burns as well or better than coal. This fire may have started last year and smouldered underground all this time and popped up close to the surface where it burns faster and makes more smoke. It could go for years.
 
bevvyd
#6
I heard on the news this morning that there was a report of an explosion before the fire was seen. I highly doubt it though, too much time has passed, too many people interviewed and the media didn't hear one word about it. Maybe it exploded when it ignited or reached surface, might never know.
 
peapod
#7
I noticed alot of haze, when I was in Nanaimo over the weekend, I thought it was just "harmac" but as twinks pointed out , it was probally from the burning bog. Is that you mac? or harmac?
 
bevvyd
#8
Got smoke here now. Reminds me of LA
 
no1important
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by bevvyd

I heard on the news this morning that there was a report of an explosion before the fire was seen. I highly doubt it though, too much time has passed, too many people interviewed and the media didn't hear one word about it. Maybe it exploded when it ignited or reached surface, might never know.

The police are denying that now. Even rumours that a house bordering had a meth lab that exploded. Maybe we will know soon.

But they way the Delta Police are so quiet and skirting around the question, makes me wonder what really started it. Sounds fishy to me. I think they know.
 
#juan
#10
Burns Bog Fires

There are fires on Lulu Island, and the sky is opalescent
With the pearl and purple tinting from the smouldering of peat.
And the Dream Hills lift their summits in a sweeping, hazy crescent,
With the Capilano Canyon at their feet.

There are fires on Lulu Island, and the smoke, uplifting, lingers
In a faded scarf of fragrance as it creeps across the day,
And the Inlet and the Narrows blur beneath its silent fingers,
And the Canyon is enfolded in its grey.





From "The Ballad of Yaada", a legend of the Pacific Coast,
as published in "Flint and Feather" collected verse of
E. Pauline Johnson, second edition, printed 1913.
 
peapod
#11
Hey that was a wonderful poem juan...juan have you heard of Patrick Lane, he lives here on the island.

CUT-THROAT



A creek, brown water thick with spring run-off, and the trout

in the riffles come up out of the deep waters to feed. Cut-throat,

that red comma of blood, and the curl of thin water,

the elemental body, eating the eggs and larvae of insects

swept down from the banks high in the hills behind him.

When he was young he had read of a golden ring

found in the belly of a fish and standing there, so many years

later, remembering how he had thrown his wedding ring

into the same lake, he thought…what? That happiness eludes us

when we apprehend it, that the fallen world is the peculiar dialect

of the heart, that a ring flung out upon the waters will return

wearing the blood of angels in a choir of water? He

had fished there, long ago, with his young wife and

their first child. He had turned only once and saw her

pick up the baby and walk away into the willows,

her body and the body of his child

going away from him into the shade.

It is how the high waters talk to us in spring, how we cast out

with every hope imaginable, catching nothing, and casting again,

the line falling upon the waters and everything below the surface

sinking deeper, a silence waiting beyond the riffles of the creek

where it meets the lake, the good food come down from the hills.



Patrick Lane from Go Leaving Strange
 
#juan
#12
Peapod

For some reason I hadn't heard of him. That poem was a bit haunting but it caught my interest. I see our library has a copy or two. Shouldn't take more than a few days to get it. Cheers
 
peapod
#13
Juan, he lives right here in lotusland, the big island He just won the BC award for non-fiction for 2005. You gots to check him out juan....
http://www.patricklane.ca/
 
#juan
#14
I screwed up

Which of the following books would you reccomend?

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peapod
#15
They are all yummy juan, but I recommend There is a season : a memoir in a garden.
 
#juan
#16
I've put a hold on the book. There are forty people ahead of me but they have fifteen copies so it shouldn't take too long. Thanks
 
Cosmo
#17
You could also buy it at the bookstore juan :P
 
peapod
#18
But you'd be better off with some good smutty fiction, I'd say. Try the "Story of O" perhaps.
 
Cosmo
#19
Yo! peapod how's it hanging :P
 
peapod
#20
By the neck ... been a bad week!
 
peapod
#21
Nice to see you back, Cosmo
 
LeftCoast
#22
I live near Main St. and 49th Ave. My deck is covered with white ash which for the last 3 days I have swept at least once a day.

These peat bog fires can spontaneously ignite. Basically, the peat rots (composts) and the decomposing peat generate a fair amount of heat. It can smoulder for years, but as soon as you expose it to a bit of fresh air it ignites. It's the same priniciple that causes barn fires when you fill them full of wet hay (I once worked for a dairy farmer in Maple Ridge who just about burned his barn down this way). These fires are extremely difficult to put out.
 
Cosmo
#23
I also hear that a peat bog is not a good place to dispose of a body either. :P
 
#juan
#24
Hi Cosmo, Hi peapod,

I have given up buying books because I go through the average novel in a couple hours or less. I have always been a fast reader and since I retired, I just don't spend money on new books. I haunt all the used book stores but my main read comes from the library.
 
peapod
#25
I get alot of mine from garage sales, I cannot believe how cheap they are and most are brand new! juan, have you been to the SOS in parksville?? They have tons of books, and the cheapest I have ever seen and lots of good junk there to :P
 
no1important
#26
The local Flea Market is also a good place to get cheap books. I live for the Sunday Flea market.
 
#juan
#27
Just a couple more things without hijacking the Burns Bog thread

The average paper back costs about ten dollars. That's a little expensive if I read it in two hours. Poetry is another thing altogether. If I like Mr. Lane's book, I will buy it.

Do any of you read science fiction?
 
MMMike
#28
I saw a story on the Burns Bog on the Passionate Eye last week. Looks beautiful! Do people visit the bog often? Any word on how much damage the fire caused?

It should be a crime to take a place like that and pave it over for development. Whats the chance of the province buying it from the private owners?
 
peapod
#29
Well mike...soon it will be halloween...best time for visiting the bogs..and ehm...psssstttttt..its the best place to take snollygasters.
 
#juan
#30
I haven't forgotten that book peapod. There is still a dozen people waiting ahead of me for the book at the library.

Cheers




What the hell is a snollygaster?
 

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