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(CTV)   Uhh...hey guys? Don't mean to alarm you or nothing, but we, uh, thought you should know Canada is on fire   (ctv.ca ) divider line
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2011-10-08 11:01:43 AM  
Meh, call me when it's a catastrophe.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2011-10-08 11:02:39 AM  
Wind-whipped wildfires forced 60 people from their homes south of Winnipeg

There are 60 people between Winnipeg and Grand Forks? The things you learn on the internet.
 
2011-10-08 11:03:04 AM  
the roof hat is on fire....
 
2011-10-08 11:03:43 AM  
Fark ate my strike tag. bastards.
 
2011-10-08 11:04:25 AM  
Don't worry Canada. We'll send Rick Perry up there to pray for rain. Just to be safe we'll send Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Lot's of prayer.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2011-10-08 11:06:57 AM  
Just to be safe we'll send Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.

Canada will probably want a trade. President Harper, anyone?
 
2011-10-08 11:08:38 AM  
At least you'll be nice and warm when the snow starts in three days.
 
2011-10-08 11:10:34 AM  
Something like 2/3 of the residents of Manitoba live around Winnipeg, so it's probably a big farking deal marshmallow roast.
 
2011-10-08 11:12:41 AM  
Stuartburn. Of course it did.

Also, stop trying to be Texas, dammit. The continent's only big enough for one of you.
 
2011-10-08 11:14:25 AM  
2/3 of Canada could be on fire and people wouldn't care.
 
2011-10-08 11:15:19 AM  
Apparently the influx of rural folk into downtown Winnipeg is making the downtown more dangerous. That's why Air Canada is ordering their crews to stay at hotels near the airport.
 
2011-10-08 11:16:11 AM  
Are these controlled burns to get rid of the mosquitoes?
 
2011-10-08 11:23:08 AM  
3/4 of Canada burns down every year.
90% of British Columbia's budget is spent on firefighting.

OK, those numbers aren't totally precise, but it seems that way because from April-October most of the Canadian media stories run: EVERYTHING IS BURNING, OH NO EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE AGAIN CANADA ABLAZE

Real figures just for kicks from the Forest Service:

Fire occurrence and area burned is highly variable
Area burned ranges from 0.7 million to 7.6 million ha/year.
Average area burned is 2.1 million ha/year.
Average fire occurrence is 8000 fires/year.
Average suppression costs are $500 million to $1 billion annually.

So, this is an average of an El Salvador or an Israel worth of territory burned each year, to a maximum of about a Czech Republic burned down in a really bad year. That's smaller than I thought. I guess that billion dollars we spend keeping the country from burning down is working out. Much more of Russia burns down every year even considering they are twice as large as us, and they have similar challenges (bone-dry remote boreal forests.)
 
2011-10-08 11:24:10 AM  
I live in winnipeg. its been smelling sort of burned outside for a few days, but this is the first I've heard of this. There were some crazy winds yesterdays, but mostly everything will be just fine.
 
2011-10-08 11:24:16 AM  
The whole thing?
 
2011-10-08 11:26:53 AM  

wedding vegetables: the roof hat is on fire....


Naah, the Hat hasn't really been on fire for a few years now (new window).
 
2011-10-08 11:27:16 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Apparently the influx of rural folk into downtown Winnipeg is making the downtown more dangerous. That's why Air Canada is ordering their crews to stay at hotels near the airport.


Interestingly enough, I was listening to the business association president of Winnipeg on the CBC the other day, and their very detailed statistics of crime in downtown Winnipeg has shown a decrease since the influx of "rural residents" (read: First Nations displaced by flooding) in the area.

So Air Canada must have been making that call based on the perception of safety being threatened by just seeing more natives around.

What I don't really understand is the dumbassery of Air Canada's PR team in this case. Why even issue a press release about changing a hotel? If you do release a press release about changing a hotel, why not just say "for the convenience of our staff we're going to house them near the airport now"? Nobody would have even been interested in where the flight attendants are staying while in Winnipeg.
 
2011-10-08 11:28:39 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Apparently the influx of rural folk into downtown Winnipeg is making the downtown more dangerous. That's why Air Canada is ordering their crews to stay at hotels near the airport.


By rural folk, do you mean native folk forced from their reserves by floods? Because that's what some people feel is the reason for Air Canada sending out the letter (That's racist).

Also, I really hope this fire pushes a buttload of deer into the Franklin Municipality, because I've got me some hunting to do next month.
 
2011-10-08 11:29:14 AM  
 
2011-10-08 11:35:02 AM  
My hypothesis: Winnipeg's the coldest city on earth, and winter's coming. Someone's trying to stay warm, and that might just do it.
 
2011-10-08 11:37:39 AM  
Tom Servo approves!
 
2011-10-08 11:38:45 AM  

bobbette: JasonOfOrillia: Apparently the influx of rural folk into downtown Winnipeg is making the downtown more dangerous. That's why Air Canada is ordering their crews to stay at hotels near the airport.

Interestingly enough, I was listening to the business association president of Winnipeg on the CBC the other day, and their very detailed statistics of crime in downtown Winnipeg has shown a decrease since the influx of "rural residents" (read: First Nations displaced by flooding) in the area.

So Air Canada must have been making that call based on the perception of safety being threatened by just seeing more natives around.

What I don't really understand is the dumbassery of Air Canada's PR team in this case. Why even issue a press release about changing a hotel? If you do release a press release about changing a hotel, why not just say "for the convenience of our staff we're going to house them near the airport now"? Nobody would have even been interested in where the flight attendants are staying while in Winnipeg.


If they wouldn't of said "due to an influx of rural people in the area" nobody would have freaked out. Winnipeg downtown is farked, and people would probably just go "ah yes, I can see not wanting to have employees there alone at night" but because they said rural people immediately assume native and the race train keeps rolling.

/I like how people think the Jets and a human rights museum are going to eliminate widespread vagrancy
 
2011-10-08 11:41:28 AM  
Only Manitoba. Not one of the important parts.
 
2011-10-08 11:41:34 AM  
Activate the Prayer Centers!
 
2011-10-08 11:41:55 AM  
Mmm.. Smokey maple syrup
 
2011-10-08 11:41:56 AM  
Slow news day?

Also: someone spilled a canteen in the Gobi desert. It is now less dry.
 
2011-10-08 11:41:56 AM  
www.rockingfacts.com
First GIS for "Canada on fire"
/hot
 
2011-10-08 11:42:00 AM  

Malcolm_Sex:

If they wouldn't of said "due to an influx of rural people in the area" nobody would have freaked out. Winnipeg downtown is farked, and people would probably just go "ah yes, I can see not wanting to have employees there alone at night" but because they said rural people immediately assume native and the race train keeps rolling.

/I like how people think the Jets and a human rights museum are going to eliminate widespread vagrancy


Because staying in a city's downtown is a contract item for flight crews, and there has to be a darn good reason for them to change the location.
 
2011-10-08 11:43:10 AM  
Thisbymaster Quote 2011-10-08 11:14:25 AM
2/3 of Canada could be on fire and people from Toronto wouldn't care.

FTFY.
 
2011-10-08 11:44:09 AM  
At least this can bring people together. I mean for once Canada and Texas have something in common right?
 
2011-10-08 11:47:33 AM  

Playinodds: Malcolm_Sex:

If they wouldn't of said "due to an influx of rural people in the area" nobody would have freaked out. Winnipeg downtown is farked, and people would probably just go "ah yes, I can see not wanting to have employees there alone at night" but because they said rural people immediately assume native and the race train keeps rolling.

/I like how people think the Jets and a human rights museum are going to eliminate widespread vagrancy

Because staying in a city's downtown is a contract item for flight crews, and there has to be a darn good reason for them to change the location.


Well if I was a member of the flight crew I would want my contract to have me staying as far away from downtown as possible
 
2011-10-08 11:53:31 AM  

Malcolm_Sex:

If they wouldn't of said "due to an influx of rural people in the area" nobody would have freaked out. Winnipeg downtown is farked, and people would probably just go "ah yes, I can see not wanting to have employees there alone at night" but because they said rural people immediately assume native and the race train keeps rolling.

/I like how people think the Jets and a human rights museum are going to eliminate widespread vagrancy


I don't know, coming from a Vancouver perspective I found Winnipeg downtown just fine... But I haven't been there for a few years so maybe it's all gone to hell. Not only that, Manitobans are even friendlier than British Columbians.
 
2011-10-08 11:55:33 AM  

Malcolm_Sex:
Well if I was a member of the flight crew I would want my contract to have me staying as far away from downtown as possible


Then you'd stay at hotel airports every time, and you'd never get to see any city without a big hassle. Staying downtown and having arranged transportation to and from the airport lets you see places you visit.

Not the best in Winnipeg, for sure, but in other cities probably the better place to stay.
 
2011-10-08 11:59:11 AM  
Downtown Winnipegs mascot is Marvin Caribou (new window)
 
2011-10-08 12:01:02 PM  
I doubt people in Winnipeg would really notice these fires, as they're actually in South-Eastern Manitoba, over an hour away, and not overly populated areas. For example, 3 towns were evacuated last night displacing just over 300 people. Not to say they're not a threat though, as my receptionist was one the people evacuated. I've been smelling smoke in Steinbach since Wednesday morning, which is no surprise since there was a large lightning storm in the area Tuesday night. With the strong winds all day yesterday, I was seeing ash from the Stuartburn fire all day.

And for those wanting better info, look Here (new window), which is the local news site for the area that these fires are in, and actually has decent coverage compared to what they usually have.
 
2011-10-08 12:10:50 PM  

Ennzie: I doubt people in Winnipeg would really notice these fires, as they're actually in South-Eastern Manitoba, over an hour away, and not overly populated areas. For example, 3 towns were evacuated last night displacing just over 300 people. Not to say they're not a threat though, as my receptionist was one the people evacuated. I've been smelling smoke in Steinbach since Wednesday morning, which is no surprise since there was a large lightning storm in the area Tuesday night. With the strong winds all day yesterday, I was seeing ash from the Stuartburn fire all day.

And for those wanting better info, look Here (new window), which is the local news site for the area that these fires are in, and actually has decent coverage compared to what they usually have.


Cool, someone from Steinbach is on Fark. I don't know why but I'm a little surprised.
 
KNW
2011-10-08 12:12:32 PM  
Uhh...hey guys? Don't mean to alarm you or nothing, but we, uh, thought you should know Canada is on fire
i.imgur.com

Yeah, we're like that. But piss us off and shiat'll get real, eh.
 
2011-10-08 12:12:58 PM  

Ennzie: I doubt people in Winnipeg would really notice these fires, as they're actually in South-Eastern Manitoba, over an hour away, and not overly populated areas. For example, 3 towns were evacuated last night displacing just over 300 people. Not to say they're not a threat though, as my receptionist was one the people evacuated. I've been smelling smoke in Steinbach since Wednesday morning, which is no surprise since there was a large lightning storm in the area Tuesday night. With the strong winds all day yesterday, I was seeing ash from the Stuartburn fire all day.

And for those wanting better info, look Here (new window), which is the local news site for the area that these fires are in, and actually has decent coverage compared to what they usually have.


I ws wondering where stuartburn was. The gold mine in Bisset has been down for a couple days now but this still seems relatively un-newsworthy sompared to some years. And these fires are about 2.5 hours north of winnipeg but still southeast Manitoba.

/former area resident
 
2011-10-08 12:19:52 PM  
I'm surprised Philly isn't up in flames right now.
 
2011-10-08 12:20:26 PM  

bobbette: 3/4 of Canada burns down every year.
90% of British Columbia's budget is spent on firefighting.

OK, those numbers aren't totally precise, but it seems that way because from April-October most of the Canadian media stories run: EVERYTHING IS BURNING, OH NO EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE AGAIN CANADA ABLAZE
Real figures just for kicks from the Forest Service:
Fire occurrence and area burned is highly variable
Area burned ranges from 0.7 million to 7.6 million ha/year.
Average area burned is 2.1 million ha/year.
Average fire occurrence is 8000 fires/year.
Average suppression costs are $500 million to $1 billion annually.


Everything burns up in the western U.S. every year too--several million acres worth--and nobody pays any attention to it, unless it's Yellowstone. Or unless you live here.
 
2011-10-08 12:23:27 PM  
since 200,00 acres just burned in the county I live in I'm getting a kick etc.
 
2011-10-08 12:24:24 PM  
I thought I smelled back bacon burning.

/mmmmmmmmmm, bacon
 
2011-10-08 12:24:50 PM  

bobbette: Ennzie: I doubt people in Winnipeg would really notice these fires, as they're actually in South-Eastern Manitoba, over an hour away, and not overly populated areas. For example, 3 towns were evacuated last night displacing just over 300 people. Not to say they're not a threat though, as my receptionist was one the people evacuated. I've been smelling smoke in Steinbach since Wednesday morning, which is no surprise since there was a large lightning storm in the area Tuesday night. With the strong winds all day yesterday, I was seeing ash from the Stuartburn fire all day.

And for those wanting better info, look Here (new window), which is the local news site for the area that these fires are in, and actually has decent coverage compared to what they usually have.

Cool, someone from Steinbach is on Fark. I don't know why but I'm a little surprised.


And I'm a little surprised someone on Fark knows where Steinbach is.
I've been a Farker much longer than I've been a Steinbachian

/voting 'YES' to allowing liquor on the 26th
 
2011-10-08 12:28:10 PM  
If you let us people in Michigan have access to your health care, we'll let you Canadians use the water from our lakes to put out your country-fire.
 
2011-10-08 12:30:14 PM  

MyNameIsMofuga: Don't worry Canada. We'll send Rick Perry up there to pray for rain. Just to be safe we'll send Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Lot's of prayer.


Only if Ugly is driving the bus.
 
2011-10-08 12:38:07 PM  

bobbette: 3/4 of Canada burns down every year.
90% of British Columbia's budget is spent on firefighting.

So Canada is responsible for global warming.

/suck it Gore.
 
2011-10-08 12:41:13 PM  
Image is Hot ,,, over course


imagemacros.files.wordpress.com
 
2011-10-08 12:43:04 PM  
i55.tinypic.com
 
2011-10-08 12:58:34 PM  
Meh, Alberta has one that's almost twice the size of Rhode island that started July that's still classified as active.

They've made comments that it's possible that it could go dormant over the winter and reignite in spring. Snowmobilier and ATV'ers are advised to use caution as the ground may not be stable and fire caverns are possible.
 
2011-10-08 01:19:12 PM  

wedding vegetables: the roof hat is on fire....


newsimg.ngfiles.com
 
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