Raining in Binsar

Raining in Binsar!

It has started to rain on and off since last evening in Binsar. This further reduces any risk of a repeat fire. Since the rains began, the smoke around Binsar has also settled down. We have not had any smoke at the Retreat itself for a few days now. But the view has opened up a bit since the rain.

Hills to the south west
Hills to the south west

We are all praying for more rain. While the trigger for the fires is almost certainly human – carelessness (burning of fields after harvest or not putting out an open fire) or deliberate (there was a motor-cyclist who was seen starting a fire in 3 – 4 places today) – the fire surely found an ally in the excessively dry forests this year. There hasn’t been any serious rain since last August – El Nino and global warming to blame, perhaps? Let there be rain; we can live in darkness for a few nights.