Stuck inside as wildfire smoke floated over Spokane, Wash., Caleb Moon turned on his fan, then imagined the city's 550,000 residents doing the same. And "Blow Spokane's Smoke Away to Canada" was born. "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," reads a Facebook page advertising the satirical event Moon helped organize, scheduled for noon local time Friday, per KREM. "I love Canadian bacon on my pizza, I love hockey and I am sorry this is the only solution we have," Moon tells Canada's Global News. CTV News reports there are more than 560 wildfires burning across British Columbia, and that Spokane sits 125 miles from the border.
Despite the event's comedic nature and the fact that 2.75 million box fans won't be easy to find, some 1,500 Facebook users say they plan to take part. "Blow it all to Canada they have free health care," one supporter writes, per CTV. A scientist with the BC Centre for Disease Control, who suspects smoke from California wildfires is also contributing to the problem, shares a word of caution regarding the "very ridiculous" plan, however. A fan "doesn't just push air," she says. "It pulls air through it." Adds KOMO, "Spokane may not need to tax the power grid or personally cause a nationwide shortage on box fans, as Mother Nature might do it for them": Smoke is projected to start clearing from the western part of the state on Thursday and from the eastern portion the following day. (Read more wildfires stories.)