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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Queen K » Aug 16th, 2015, 1:16 pm

No, a people's page for Penticton, not an official page from the city.

And yes, stupidity reigns.

And social media isn't my only source either. Jus' saying.
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Troy » Aug 16th, 2015, 1:18 pm

That being said, here's the official information from BC Wildfire Service:
https://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo/statu ... 3965723648
URGENT: Fire aircraft were just grounded at Testalinden fire due to a drone in our airspace #OliverBC #BCWildfire

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Re: Oliver fires

Postby BoB76 » Aug 16th, 2015, 1:20 pm

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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Frisk » Aug 16th, 2015, 1:26 pm

From the Facebook page.

URGENT: All air operations at the Testalinden Creek fire were just halted because of a drone violating our airspace.
It is illegal to operate a drone over or near any wildfire.
Our aircraft will return to the fire once we can confirm the drone has been grounded and we can safely operate.
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Frisk » Aug 16th, 2015, 1:31 pm

Drip_Torch wrote:Yeah, it was windy...



At 0:40 notice how ineffective the helicopter water drop is when it's very windy. It just blows away.
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby binky11 » Aug 16th, 2015, 1:48 pm

All aerial fire fighting been halted due to a drone. They should find the owner and string him up by his balls.
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Queen K » Aug 16th, 2015, 2:14 pm

Queen K wrote:You guys will believe this because the level of stupidity in our society never ceases to amaze.

A helicopter pilot just reported that someone is flying drones over the fire zone in Oliver. And you know what came next, all helicopter services dedicated to putting out the fires had to be temporarily suspended.

Who does that? Didn't the same thing happen for the Westside fire? Drones caused planes and helicopters to be pulled?

Link: Penticton's facebook site. Yes, a post from a pilot. Not the usual news service, please let's get over that official news services are the only sources. It's not true anymore in our social media world.



http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-st ... htm#146063

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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Drip_Torch » Aug 16th, 2015, 5:40 pm

At 0:40 notice how ineffective the helicopter water drop is when it's very windy. It just blows away.


I do have a couple more clips that I haven't shared... some more effective, some not. To be honest with you, I'm amazed the aircraft were having any effect at all. It was windy - I'd estimate consistent gusts of 55k+, with few far beyond that.

Did you notice some of those flame lengths? Flame height of about 6", but flame length of about 6 feet.

Day two, a completely different picture.

(More action, far less drama.)

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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Bunnyhop » Aug 16th, 2015, 7:20 pm

Great footage. Those pilots are amazing with their skills and accuracy. Were the snorkel helicopters getting their water from the river? And how many retardant drops do the planes have before they have to refill? Same question for the skimmers?

Sad to see the devastation. But thankful there weren't any lives lost.
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Frisk » Aug 16th, 2015, 7:24 pm

Good video, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Drip_Torch » Aug 16th, 2015, 8:26 pm

Those pilots are amazing with their skills and accuracy. Were the snorkel helicopters getting their water from the river? And how many retardant drops do the planes have before they have to refill? Same question for the skimmers?


On the east side of the fire they were scooping out of a pond around 306 ave (?) near Deadman Lake. The electra can, and often does breakup loads; the fireboss and the airtractors have a computerized dispersal systems. That was the first time I witnessed the "fireboss", amphibious planes perform and it was impressive.

In the video they were all dropping the full tanks - except for one electra run, and it looked like a 2/3rd drop to me.

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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Noilly » Aug 16th, 2015, 8:55 pm

*bleep* these pilots are amazing (not forgetting the ground crew too)
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Always Sunny » Aug 16th, 2015, 11:09 pm

Scum bags.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/dozens-of- ... -1.2519164

For some Oliver residents, the return home was met with further disappointment. Looters appeared to have ransacked a few homes, in some cases leaving with thousands of dollars of property.

John Nunes says his garage was robbed of golf clubs, dirt bikes and a number of power tools.

“I was pretty ticked off. I didn’t know what to think,” Nunes told CTV Vancouver.

The RCMP has not confirmed how many homes are believed to have been hit by looting.
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Woodenhead » Aug 17th, 2015, 10:44 am

Always Sunny wrote:Scum bags.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/dozens-of- ... -1.2519164

**snipped story about looters**


That is why I stayed behind when we were evacuated. (Joe Rich fire) The police do patrol, but they can't be everywhere at once, and they don't always do thorough checks.
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Re: Oliver fires

Postby Troy » Aug 17th, 2015, 1:32 pm

The evacuation order for properties affected by the Testalinden wildfire near Oliver has been removed:
http://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/ ... lowed-home
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