Hwy 33 wildfire

Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby ferri » Aug 22nd, 2017, 12:46 pm

There are reports of a grass fire burning off Highway 33, near Gallagher Road.

Kelowna fire crews are responding to the fire.

As well, the fire department has asked for help from a BC Forest Service crew.

Castanet will update when more information becomes available.


https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/2 ... 3-wildfire
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby gman313 » Aug 22nd, 2017, 12:49 pm

all that discussion about almost no wildfires in the area this year...bad karma

time for the annual hwy 33 fire
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby Barney Google » Aug 22nd, 2017, 12:49 pm

Reports from JR folks coming up from town say it looks like it started right by the road a bit past Gallagher Road on the

left near Brentwood.

Apparently, it's burning very fast. There are few houses right in the area too.
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby youjustcomplain » Aug 22nd, 2017, 1:01 pm

Barney Google wrote:Reports from JR folks coming up from town say it looks like it started right by the road a bit past Gallagher Road on the

left near Brentwood.

Apparently, it's burning very fast. There are few houses right in the area too.


Started on the side of the road you say. It leaves me wonder what the possible causes of this fire might be. dot dot dot

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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby LTD » Aug 22nd, 2017, 1:22 pm

being that its at the bottom of a hill that's long and steep I'm thinking hot brakes from a vehicle
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby Barney Google » Aug 22nd, 2017, 1:36 pm

Apparently Fire Crews jumped on it right away and it's under control. Traffic is now moving along one side of the Hwy.

There are houses/structures pretty close by...a close call.

From folks that are posting on social media it looks like it started right by the side of the road.

Brake check pull out area is above where the fire started.

Thank you Fire Fighters!!!!
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby Barney Google » Aug 22nd, 2017, 1:42 pm

Photos posted to social media before the fire was under control

Blk Mnt Fire 2.jpg


Blk Mnt fire 1.jpg


Blk Mnt fire 3.jpg
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby LTD » Aug 22nd, 2017, 2:13 pm

I'm well aware of where the brake check is I don't think some of you are aware of the materials that braking systems in cars and trucks are made from and the temps they operate at not all fires are a result of cigarette butts

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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby gman313 » Aug 22nd, 2017, 2:14 pm

that grass needed to burn anyway, now it won't be a problem

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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby LTD » Aug 22nd, 2017, 2:16 pm

they should be burning stuff like that every spring I don't care if the people with asthma complain it needs to be done
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby gman313 » Aug 22nd, 2017, 2:19 pm

LTD wrote:they should be burning stuff like that every spring I don't care if the people with asthma complain it needs to be done


well ya the major fires will be significantly more detrimental to ones health. Not that this would stop the major fires but it would reduce them in interface areas. I do think we are at the point of needing to do this type of work. Especially with a wet spring the grasses seem much taller this year.

I thought the same thing about Wilden when they had the open house two weekends ago. So much tall dead grass on the side of a hill. the properties are small one would just need to toss a butt and there she goes.

ETA: the prevention is probably cheaper in the long run too
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby LTD » Aug 22nd, 2017, 2:34 pm

LTD wrote:being that its at the bottom of a hill that's long and steep I'm thinking hot brakes from a vehicle

I stand corrected looks like it may have been a flicked butt from an idiot :-X
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby gman313 » Aug 22nd, 2017, 2:38 pm

brakes and cigarettes were both very plausible possibilities in this case.

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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby Barney Google » Aug 22nd, 2017, 3:09 pm

News reports are suggesting cigarette butt.

Who knows at this point...I'm just glad it's out.
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Re: Hwy 33 wildfire

Postby just popping in » Aug 22nd, 2017, 3:44 pm

I hope whoever tossed that butt is feeling some guilt. In a perfect world they would own up to their stupidity and pay the fine and all costs.

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