Hwy 97c fire

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Do you think there's any risk that the fire could burn over the mountain & into Glenrosa?
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Quailize wrote:Do you think there's any risk that the fire could burn over the mountain & into Glenrosa?



The wind will move it pretty quick once the planes stop flying. I'd pack my stuff just in case.
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Quailize wrote:Do you think there's any risk that the fire could burn over the mountain & into Glenrosa?


Not likely. When the sun goes down the air cools. This causes it to sink as cold air is heavier than warm. If you notice during the day the winds will blow up slope due to heating and at night downslope because of this natural cooling action. Now what happens tomorrow is another thing. They have pounded this one pretty hard and if they have a good fire guard they should get this one done pretty quick.
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http://www.cordemergency.ca/CM/Page3353 ... ID=4617230

News Release No. 3
Date: August 7, 2014
Time: 5:35 p.m.

West Kelowna, B.C. – A Local State of Emergency has been declared to facilitate the evacuation of one home on the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road in West Kelowna due to the Drought Hill forest fire.

The fire is burning near Highway 97C and is now estimated at 13 hectares in size. Highway 97C is now reduced to one lane in both directions to ensure the safety of emergency personnel through the fire zone.

Approximately 35 fire personnel from West Kelowna and Peachland Fire Departments as well structural fire crews and BC Wildfire Management are actioning the fire, which began at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wildfire Management Branch has three helicopters, two air tankers and four skimmers actioning the fire with seven fire personnel on the ground and another 20 on the way.

People are asked to avoid the area during this emergency response.

The Emergency Operation Centre has been mobilized and will support field crews responding.

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 about this fire as emergency responders are aware of it.

Emergency response personnel request that the public:

• Slow down on Highway 97C and stay away from emergency vehicles. Watch for lane closures and traffic personnel.
• Monitor www.cordemergency.ca, www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency or www.twitter.com/CO_Emerg for confirmed information about the situation
• Please only CALL 911 in case of emergency.
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The tankers and helicopters have about 1.5 hours before grounding give or take. Airtankers have been rotating through Penticton pretty steadily the little while.
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Pretty windy in Summerland....
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Does anyone have working scanner codes for this fire?
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Bretbaby wrote:Is that someone's house?

https://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo/statu ... 61/photo/1


There's been one property evacuated & I'm guessing that's probably it.
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Here's the video from our most recent livestream broadcast:

It ran from approximately 5:20pm to 6:15pm
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Since there hasn't been any updates...... Are there any updates? Is the wind good? Looks like it got pretty close to a house?
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The latest:

http://www.cordemergency.ca/CM/Page3353 ... ID=4617232
News Release No. 5
Time: 6:45 p.m.
West Kelowna, B.C. – The Drought Hill Forest Fire is now estimated by BC Wildfire Management at 25 hectares. There are no further evacuation orders or alerts anticipated at this time. A Local State of Emergency and Evacuation Order for one home on the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road in West Kelowna remains in place.
The public are asked not to stop on Highway 97C near the Drought Hill Forest Fire zone. The area needs to be kept clear for emergency personnel to effectively action the fire.
Highway 97C is now reduced to one lane in both directions to ensure the safety of emergency personnel through the fire zone.

http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/Wildfir ... asp?ID=514
6:21pm update
Size: 25.0 hectares (estimated)
A Local State of Emergency has been declared to facilitate the evacuation of one home on the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road in West Kelowna due to the Drought Hill forest fire.
Resources
• 27 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
• 6 airtankers
Aircraft are supporting ground crews who are establishing guard in the area to slow the fire's spread.
20 more fire fighters will also be en route to assist.

More videos and photos:
http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelow ... re-at-25ha
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BoB76 wrote:Since there hasn't been any updates...... Are there any updates? Is the wind good? Looks like it got pretty close to a house?


The smoke is quite visible over the mountain in west kelowna, so it is still burning. The planes will be grounding soon so I guess we'll wait and see what happens. Typically fires die down at night but not always.
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I wish this webcam was pointing over to left a little more, but here is an image I grabbed about 20 minutes ago:
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