Fed up with smoke rolling in from the wildfires devastating the Canadian province of British Columbia, a group of people in one northern Washington city have come up with an inventive and "very ridiculous" way of handling the increasingly dire situation.
In late August, Caleb Moon, of Spokane, Washington, created an event titled "Blow Spokane's Smoke Away to Canada," an only halfway serious attempt to alleviate the 217,000 residents of the state's second largest city of the thick smoke having a detrimental effect on air quality.
Scheduled for August 25 through September 7, Moon hopes the event will help out with air quality. But if that doesn't work, it looks like Moon at least wants to find a silver lining to the cloud of smoke reeking havoc on the city and surrounding metropolitan area.
Just take a look at the Facebook post for the 14-day event:
"There are roughly 550,000 residents of the Spokane, Washington metropolitan area (per worldpopulationreview.com). To get rid of this smoke, we have to work together as a community. After much deliberation and mathematical calculation, we have figured that it is absolutely possible for us to blow this smoke away with high powered fans. This Friday, every resident must place at least five box fans on their roof. Turn your fans on to the highest setting, and aim them toward northeastern Canada. Team work makes the dream work. Let's do this, Spokanites. Let's send this smoke right back to those Canucks!
Make sure to share the event with all your friends so everyone is informed!"
By looking at the image above, it's easy to see that the fires burning just north of the American/Canadian border are no laughing matter, but that's not stopping Moon from trying to offer a little levity to the situation.
Moon recently told the Canadian publication Global News: "We figure a small box fan can move smoke about six feet, so if you put 500,000 of them together, you can do the math on that, we can probably get it pretty far into Canada."
However, not everyone finds the humor in this revolutionary way of handling air quality issues. In the very same article, Sarah Henderson, a senior environmental health scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) described the plan as "very ridiculous."
"One sort of floor fan could move a little smoke around, but there's no way that a large group of fans is going to move as much smoke as there actually is," she told Global News," Henderson explained. "If he's got a fan running, on your floor, think of its radius of influence --- it's not very large, maybe 10 feet. So all it's going to do is clear smoke, maybe, out of that 10 feet, but a fan also pulls. It doesn't just push air, it pulls air through it."
But Henderson isn't the only person questioning Moon's plan of attack. Keep scrolling to see some of our favorites.
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