Some of you may already know that last night Doi Suthep was on fire. A scary vision on my doorstep as I live at the foot of the mountain. There was talk of possible evacuation of my area and surrounding areas due to the fire spreading. But thankfully, due to a strong firefighting force, the fire was finally brought under control. Although the cause is not officially declared yet it is strongly suspected that local farmers were burning for one of two reasons; the harvesting of some coveted mushrooms and for easy hunting of animals. A lazy and selfish way to get a harvest and catch some food. Entire areas burnt to the ground and creatures burnt alive. This morning, the aftermath, images started to pop up on the net of the resulting damage. Four photos that were posted up particularly affected me. It is one thing to see images of fire in the distance, but quite another when you see the damage in its wake. Upon seeing these images I was seething and shaking with upset and anger. Most of us focus on the haze the practices cause, but forget about the horrific deaths it causes. Innocent creatures burnt alive. Im sorry if I sound overly dramatic but part of what I love about riding a motorbike is the ability for it to take me to places of wonder. I truly love nature and all of its weird bugs, flora and fauna. It pains me to think of what these creatures endured last night. I feel an intense anger directed at the culprits, because they are obviously aware of what they are doing and the resulting damage, but do not care. They repeat the process over and over because they are selfish and lazy to consider any other way. Barbaric! Yesterday I was out and about a little and filmed footage of the mountain on fire at two separate times, once at 5:45pm and a second time at 7:30pm. The amber and red fire coming from the mountain last night looked like a long dragon rising up. Beautiful and frightening and sad. Just two week ago, after returning from a ride to Pai and seeing the mountains still on fire there, I attended a rally at the Three Kings Monument after getting in. The rally was attended by a few hundred people but still not really a big enough turn out. It was a campaign to try end the burning practices known as "Bye Bye Smog". At times these things seem to be in vain, because nothing ever changes. It is my tenth year of seeing burning in the north and I have doubts of ever seeing this brought to an end..but I still hope. I hear many other foreigners make excuses to cop out of having an opinion on this. Saying things like "its tradition" or "its not your country"..as if i shouldnt have an opinion on something which affects my health, the health of those i care about, and which has a devastating impact on the nature that i love. I dont agree. I think we are duty bound to step up and say something when we believe strongly that something isnt right. I am not Thai but I love this country like my own. Why shouldnt I have an opinion on it?! What is your opinion? Do you have one or do you just stay out of it? Im currently trying to remove the images from my mind of the terror that must have gone on last night in the jungle of the mountain. Its not an easy task, i guess i am a little overly sensitive to it..but it truly breaks my heart. I have written a lot more details on my blog, and i hope no one thinks this is merely a blog promotion of some sort. It isnt. It just makes more sense for anyone who is interested to carry on reading everything via my link. *THAI TALE* – (non-moto story) – Northern Territory Haze. “Burning Season”. SLASH & BURN farming. – SITE UNDER UPGRADE – BACK ONLINE SOON! Thanks for reading..