Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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All fires receive a number upon IFR (Initial Fire Report) and this is the official identification of the fire. larger fires soon begin to be called by other names other than the number. Soon one name becomes the Identity of the fire for information and press. In this case the fire is K50391 and the name is Westside Road. The name part could well change to Shelter Cove if it continues to be used.

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Westside Road (K50391)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 3:02 PM

Location: west side of Okanagan Lake, above Westside Road
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Discovered: Sunday, July 19, 2015

Size: 430.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Growth is occurring upslope and away from homes.

The fire is currently burning Rank 1 and Rank 2. More information on fire rank is available here: http://bcwildfire.ca/FightingWildfire/firerank.htm

Crews worked with the regional fire department overnight with a dozer and water tender to extinguish hot spots in the subdivision and protect poles in the right of way. Despite downslope winds and aggressive fire growth, crews were able to prevent structure loss in the Shelter Cove area. The fire spread overnight down to Westside Road and north to Caesars Landing.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

An Evacuation Order has been recommended to the Central Okanagan Regional District. The Evacuation Order and Alert implemented by the CORD remains in place for approximately 70 homes. . More information will be available here: http://www.cordemergency.ca/

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

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• 19 firefighters
• 4 airtankers
Skimmers and firefighters are currently on site.

Structural Protection Units have been deployed.

Map & Photos: See the 1 files for this fire.

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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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Skimmers are back
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...what's the wind situation like...seems to have picked up here in East Kelowna...airport showing the same with gusts to 37km/h...
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Probably because it looks like the south retardant flank didn't hold, fire has crossed it in a couple of areas.

southflank (2).JPG


Finally just saw a heli with bucket heading over the fire.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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Looks like a fire started by Gorman's Mill in Westbank now!
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tiomio wrote:Looks like a fire started by Gorman's Mill in Westbank now!


Could just be dust or steam, there's always lots of that around the mill.
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You are just throwing out guesses about a fire near Gormans Mill? What are your reasons for doing so? Pictures or a link? Anything?
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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Confirmed by my son, it is steam,he is there.
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It looked like a cloud of smoke, which has since gone down, sorry, feeling panicky!
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Thank you for actual and accurate information.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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deleted - not about proper fire. Sorry.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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...even when speculating about fires in other areas - probably best to start a new topic, rather than clogging one up that is for a very active fire at the moment...
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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Wind has picked up a bit and changed direction. Smoke is blowing east down the hill
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Ok....sitting outside watching Westside fire. Looked not too bad awhile ago. BUT .....wind is doing wacky things and shifting. Now we see quite a large cluster of trees candling on the south side. Water bombers all gone for the night. They were hitting the top ridge pretty heavy earlier but the area lower down is what we're watching right now.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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All the smoke is being sucked back down to the lake, really cant see much except the south flank that has gone thru the retardant guard they laid down all day. Still seeing trees candling.

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