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Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:01 pm

http://www.castanet.net/news/BC/143373/Aggressive-fire-spreading

Sounds like it's a flare up from the recent thunderstorms. The forest in that area is very dense.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Star Light » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:24 pm

Quailize wrote:http://www.castanet.net/news/BC/143373/Aggressive-fire-spreading

Sounds like it's a flare up from the recent thunderstorms. The forest in that area is very dense.


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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:27 pm

Considering no resources are responding, the current intensity of the fire, the lack of rain in the forecast and the density of the fuels I suspect this fire is going to be very large.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:28 pm

I wonder if the Americans are going to respond to the fire? It's basically right on the border.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby canuck500 » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:40 pm

I'm sure BC will put resources on it once it's safe to do so. Isn't already burning into the states? Pretty sure I saw a update someplace that indicated that the Americans were doing a recce to determine jursiticion, they have a lot more agencies down there so it can take a bit to determine whose fire it is, state of Washington, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management etc.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:49 pm

I believe it's still in Canada right now. There's natural barriers (high mountains) to the south that will prevent it from spreading far into the states right now. There's also barriers to the west and north, the only way it can spread right now is east and since smoke is currently blowing over osoyoos, east is likely the direction it is moving.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby oneh2obabe » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:55 pm

The fire is currently 30 hectares in size and growing rapidly. It is burning on both the Canadian and American side of the border. It was first reported about 1 p.m. today.

“They’re seeing Rank 5 fire behaviour,” Melissa Klassen, fire information officer, said. “Organized crown fire, fully engulfing from the stem of the tree up to the top.”

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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:56 pm

Oh okay, sorry, I missed that part.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:58 pm

http://newmanandnewman.ca/weather/

This is the only webcam I could find that shows smoke. It's in Oliver.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 6:05 pm

It's listed at 50 hectares now.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby vinnied » Jul 2nd, 2015, 6:31 pm

Isnt this the same area that couple was lost in last week? good thing they found there way out when they did
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 6:33 pm

vinnied wrote:Isnt this the same area that couple was lost in last week? good thing they found there way out when they did


Cathedral park covers 33,000 hectares, I doubt they were in the area of the fire, it's very remote.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 7:50 pm

The fire has now grown to approximately 90 hectares and continues to burn aggressively. The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch is in talks with American fire crews to determine how to best deal with the blaze.

Fire crews have yet to make contact with the fire, due to the steep terrain. There are no buildings near the fire, as it is burning in a remote location.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Gone_Fishin » Jul 2nd, 2015, 8:33 pm

Please, please let this one burn. The wildlife in that area is starving for habitat that has been destroyed by decades of fire suppression. The mule deer and California bighorn sheep really need all the help they can get down there, and a natural, large wildfire is vitally important.
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Re: Cathedral Provincial Park fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 2nd, 2015, 10:24 pm

Gone_Fishin wrote:Please, please let this one burn. The wildlife in that area is starving for habitat that has been destroyed by decades of fire suppression. The mule deer and California bighorn sheep really need all the help they can get down there, and a natural, large wildfire is vitally important.


They will probably let it do its thing. If it spreads east towards Chopaka they'll need to action it but other than that I think it could be very beneficial to the ecosystem.

*Note that it's 35km west of osoyoos which seems like a long ways but it's the same distance that the 2003 park spread. And honestly with the 7 day forecast showing nothing but sun and 35C temperatures, you just never know.
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