No sooner did he arrive in his new town after moving out a few weeks back, but there was a massive oil spill just outside his town. My aunt just called asking if I'd heard today from him because there was a series of out control wildfires in that region and his small town was mentioned. Turns out one third of a town same size as his town is gone, the fires are still burning and even some towns are stuck with all outgoing highways closed. Initially from one fire there were evacuees sent to his town, but now the pipeline at his town has shut down even the oil spill clean up due to evacuations, and I'm unsure how close that particular fire is to his town. Must be some close to be using evacuation terms for his immediate area, but I can't find news about the residents right in town. Nor can I find out just how close the fire is or the cascading smoke. I know that they are bringing in forest fire fighters from my province and other provinces to help try to get these fires under control. His town lies in what would be a tinder box should a fire enter the town. it is located in a small valley, divided by a river. Population under 7,000. Carved out of a small piece of nature the town is really. He and his g/f just moved into the house she purchased, just a few days back actually. They were out of town 2 hours away last night when he called to say he was at a family function of his g/f's, but they were driving home late last night. Odds are they didn't even know a fire was raging let alone so near by. I did read a nearby native reserve was evacuated, and from his prior calls I have learned this reserve is more commonly considered more a part of their town than a outlying community, so it tells me it is very close. I'm a worry wart. I'm sure he's fine. I just hate that they have to wait a week for internet, and I've just read a article saying some cell networks were down due to the fires so not everyone can get a signal. They have no land line, only his g/f's cell. He's still waiting for their small time to get a shipment of iphones to get set up on his own phone contract. Ugh! If you could all rattle beads, I'd sure appreciate it. The pipeline shut down and cleanup shut down due to evacuations is right outside of town. He worked with his g/f's brother just this past week driving to and from the spill site picking up loads of contaminated mud to remove to a hazardous materials landfill site. So it must be pretty close to town.