Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

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

Postby Frisk » Jul 22nd, 2015, 8:41 pm

Madadam is it windy where you're at? It's dead calm in downtown kelowna.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby madadam » Jul 22nd, 2015, 8:50 pm

1 heli left and he has to stop at 9 pm.

Steady light wind from the north still.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby Drip_Torch » Jul 22nd, 2015, 9:00 pm

Quailize wrote:This fire is threatening the largest number of homes of any fire in BC and therefore should be priority #1.


There's been over 1300 little dots come and go, off of that map so far this year, and it's only July 22. I watch those dots come and go on a regular, almost routine basis.

Under these conditions any of those 1300 fires could have an impact.

For example: yesterday, for a couple hours, I'd say there was a very small fire in Naramata that had the potential to threaten way more homes. In a couple of days that particular dot will probably disappear. I'm sure as I was thinking that, there were people in Oliver, Christina Lake, Nelson, Falkland, Vancouver Island...etc - all thinking the same thing about the fires they were looking at.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby madadam » Jul 22nd, 2015, 9:10 pm

All quiet on the fire front, last heli has returned to base.

They cancelled the skimmers as the forestry official was very happy with what the helis were able to do.

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

Postby tsayta » Jul 22nd, 2015, 9:12 pm

shocking and surprising to see the shear width of the fire now
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby Iamsomeone » Jul 22nd, 2015, 9:17 pm

Quailize wrote:It's all about money. They try and use the least amount of resources possible.


Well yes, I would certainly hope so Qualize.

It's taxpayer's money paying for this, I would expect our government to use their expertise to deploy resources where needed.

Quailize wrote:This fire is threatening the largest number of homes of any fire in BC and therefore should be priority #1.

Kelowna isn't the centre of the universe.

I agree with tsayta: I for one am pretty damned confident these men and women know what they are doing.

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

Postby Joshmite0904 » Jul 22nd, 2015, 10:29 pm

Okay, I was just looking to see what I could see from the top of Clifton, not a very good view I must say. But there was quite a large smoke plume on the south side closer to the ridge with some tree candling everyone in a while. Does anyone know how far it was pushed over because from the view I had it looked like it was almost above the resort. I must be wrong. There must be increased activity on the fire since 10:00.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby Tootsie » Jul 22nd, 2015, 10:33 pm

Madadam...are you watching it now? I just came up from the beach. Watched it for a good 45 minutes. That south flank is really a pain in the butt. I was quite surprise to see how active it still is even right now looking out my front window. At first there was a small area but it slowly crept up as well as down towards the lake. It's pretty active right now - lots of trees candling all the way down that side as well as a lot of the top of the ridge.
When the skimmers & helis took off for the night it didn't look too bad but WOW - when the smoke clears & dark sets in holy smokes ! She's lit up like a Christmas tree. They're going to be fighting this one for awhile unless we get some major soaking rain. I cannot believe the number of spot fires all throughout the entire hillside.

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

Postby Joshmite0904 » Jul 22nd, 2015, 10:37 pm

Yah Tootsie Thanks for backing me up I definitely saw an active aggressive fire on the south side when I was up there.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby trapp » Jul 22nd, 2015, 10:44 pm

Drip_Torch wrote:I'm having trouble finding the fire they should have had the air support on?

I assume it's on this map somewhere?


Drip_Torch use the little hand to move the area of the map you wish to look at. Then use your mouse wheel to pan in or out. You need to hold your mouse button down to move the map to a new area. When you move the little hand to a dot on the map a finger will project, touch the circle and mouse click. Gives you information on that fire. Hope that helps.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby tsayta » Jul 22nd, 2015, 10:50 pm

I think he was being facetious 
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby Tootsie » Jul 22nd, 2015, 11:00 pm

Joshmite...no it's still a ways from Lake OK Resort....but with how wacky these winds have been I would still be a bit nervous south of that southern flank tonight. But having said that you have to know that I'm at lake level and can only see so much.
OK...just went back outside & looked. Wow - what a difference an hour makes. Temps have dropped & so has the fire activity. Not nearly as wild as an hour ago. Keep your fingers crossed for an uneventful night ! It's looking better !
Not at all close to what it looked like last night.
Good luck for a successful day tomorrow to all of our hardworking firefighters. That has GOT to be not only dangerous but miserable work. I, for one, thank you thank you thank you !
You never know when it might be YOUR neighbourhood that's threatened.

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

Postby trapp » Jul 22nd, 2015, 11:46 pm

tsayta wrote:I think he was being facetious 


Was kinda wondering why he would not know how to read the Active Fire map. Well at least others know now.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby madadam » Jul 23rd, 2015, 12:04 am

Big difference between last night and tonight. One blessing is we didn't have the strong gusty winds that pushed the fire and smoke down to the lake and then changed late night to winds from the north. Its pretty calm out there now. Plus the helis did incredible work on the worst spots. Knocked a lot of them down.

Also looks like there is some northern lights happening.
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Re: Westside Road about 5k N of Lk Okanagan Resort

Postby canuck500 » Jul 23rd, 2015, 6:49 am

That wasn't the lightning map, that was the dispatch map showing all the fires.

Was kinda wondering why he would not know how to read the lightning map. Well at least others know now.[/quote]
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