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Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby 14Karma » Aug 29th, 2017, 5:35 pm

I live in West Kelowna / Smith Creek area and am getting a little nervous...I am getting a lot of ash and burnt pine needles on my patio. I didn't get this much during the 2003 fire! Does anybody have any idea where this is coming from? How could anyone even spot a new fire in this soupy haze?
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby Fancy » Aug 29th, 2017, 5:37 pm

Everyone complaining about it and think this is all coming from the States - we should collect it and ship it back lol. It's a pain to clean up but a reminder how intense fires are.
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby Fancy » Aug 29th, 2017, 5:39 pm

Don't worry - the winds will change and the ash will land on someone else's doorstep - I think tomorrow.
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby 14Karma » Aug 29th, 2017, 5:55 pm

That is really strange because there isn't a whisper of wind right now....really weird...Thru all these fires, this is the first time this summer I have found burnt pine needles on my patio.
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby Fancy » Aug 29th, 2017, 6:00 pm

There's always a draw...
check out this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=117&t=73439&p=2233011#p2233011
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby Queen K » Aug 29th, 2017, 6:02 pm

Fancy wrote:Everyone complaining about it and think this is all coming from the States - we should collect it and ship it back lol. It's a pain to clean up but a reminder how intense fires are.


Yes exactly. As soon as Ferri gets her backyard ready for all incoming packages of ashes, we should be right on that.

Good idea Fancy. :up:
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby GordonH » Aug 29th, 2017, 6:04 pm

14Karma wrote:That is really strange because there isn't a whisper of wind right now....really weird...Thru all these fires, this is the first time this summer I have found burnt pine needles on my patio.


The type of winds that carry what you are finding are those in 15,000+ range. Similar to those that carried ash from Mt St Helens back in 1980 all over western states & Canada.
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby canadman » Aug 29th, 2017, 6:04 pm

I was thinking exactly the same thing. Went out to my parking lot and watched the ash falling on the vehicles out there. I've been here (West Kelowna) thru 03, 04 and all the other fires, including big ones north and south that brought in plenty of smoke over the years. Never seen this much ash and the skies quite as eerie since 03. Hard not to believe there's not some sneaky fire burning in the bush somewhere, lying undetected due to all the thick smoke. I'm sure it's just "boogeymen in the closet" syndrome that has me freaked out, but it looks pretty awful out there and the ash IS pretty crazy.
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby 14Karma » Aug 29th, 2017, 6:09 pm

Ok...Thanks everyone...I'll go back to the BBQ and finish my Quesadillas!! Smoky flavour courtesy of the US!
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby Queen K » Aug 29th, 2017, 6:11 pm

Careful, Trump might slap a tariff on that "free" flavour.
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby mrmack68 » Aug 29th, 2017, 6:28 pm

Let the Canadian Tire / Home Depot area about 30 minutes ago and though for sure that was ash on my windshield. Came home to see this post and see that Im not the only one. The car parked beside me was black and it looked like someone had cleaned a paintbrush beside it as it was covered in grey spots. Not a breath of wind out there. The ash must be super high up like Gordon stated earlier. Lived here all my life and only remember seeing ash fall like this once before. Pretty eerie lookin out there this evening.
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby UltraViolet » Aug 29th, 2017, 8:46 pm

Snowing Ash in Rutland now....
Looks like there will be a quarter of an inch by morning if this keeps up.
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Re: Burnt Pine Needles & Ashes

Postby Queen K » Aug 29th, 2017, 8:48 pm

FERRI!

Come on up here and collect your ash!
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Ash "Falling like Snow"

Postby Straight Shooter » Aug 29th, 2017, 9:27 pm

Last time I've seen ash fall like this was when Mt. St. Helens erupted back in 1980. There's been many wild fires since then and although tons of smoke still no ash like were experiencing. A wild fire burning in Washington State close to the BC. border is thought to be the cause of this ash but that still doesn't explain, "Why Now"?

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/2 ... -like-snow
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Re: Ash "Falling like Snow"

Postby gsc » Aug 29th, 2017, 9:30 pm

2003 okanagan mountain park fire was the ladt time i seen this much ash falling.

I was out today at a friends house and we saw it slowly falling. There was a thin scattered layer on my wifes vehicle window tonight as well. Not to mich though.
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