Gary Backlund of Ladysmith took this photo of smoke from an open burn moving over downtown Ladysmith on Jan. 4.

Gary Backlund of Ladysmith took this photo of smoke from an open burn moving over downtown Ladysmith on Jan. 4.

Smoke from one affects many

Gary Backlund of Ladysmith asks people to please burn responsibly after seeing smoke above Ladysmith.

Editor:

Where there’s smoke — there’s fire, but not necessarily the other way around. Dry wood waste burnt when weather conditions are right creates almost no smoke for neighbours to breathe.

Burning wet wood, or worse yet, leaves, creates lots of smoke. When there is a weather inversion, the smoke goes sideways, not up and away. Particulate from wood smoke is a known health hazard. If you have to burn, please do it responsibly.

Gary Backlund

Ladysmith