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Re: Lightning Strikes in Okanagan Mountain Park

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bperon wrote:From the latest photo, what rank fire growth is that? 4-5?


Tough to say because front of the fire is probably higher on the hill and obscured by smoke but I'd say 1-2km. That's just along the bottom that I can see so can imagine it's moved more above smoke line.
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Poindexter wrote:
bperon wrote:From the latest photo, what rank fire growth is that? 4-5?


Tough to say because front of the fire is probably higher on the hill and obscured by smoke but I'd say 1-2km. That's just along the bottom that I can see so can imagine it's moved more above smoke line.


Thanks for the update. Really has taken off.
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bperon wrote:From the latest photo, what rank fire growth is that? 4-5?


It's actually two different fires several kms apart from the looks of the smoke.
One right down by Rattlesnake island and one further up on Okanagan Mountain.

You can't actually see where the fires are or how far they've spread as they are both behind the hills
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Farmmaa wrote:
It's actually two different fires several kms apart from the looks of the smoke.
One right down by Rattlesnake island and one further up on Okanagan Mountain.

You can't actually see where the fires are or how far they've spread as they are both behind the hills


The smoke in the background is from the Eneas fire on the other side of the lake south of peachland. The fire in Okanagan mountain park is right above the lake, the flames are very visible from the westside.
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Farmmaa wrote:
bperon wrote:From the latest photo, what rank fire growth is that? 4-5?


It's actually two different fires several kms apart from the looks of the smoke.
One right down by Rattlesnake island and one further up on Okanagan Mountain.

You can't actually see where the fires are or how far they've spread as they are both behind the hills


Hopefully with nightfall coming, we will have a better idea around growth.
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Frisk wrote:
The smoke in the background is from the Eneas fire on the other side of the lake south of peachland. The fire in Okanagan mountain park is right above the lake, the flames are very visible from the westside.


I wasn't referring to the photos posted on here...I agree, some of those show the fires across the lake.

I am referring to my personal observations and all of the photos I have taken.
I can not see the Peachland fires from my viewpoint...but I could very clearly see two smoke plumes coming from Okanagan Mountain Park.
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There is a few smaller ones on the south side of the park closer to Naramata (middle left of image). Possibly that's what you see?

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As a resident of Kettle Valley (and almost as far west as you can get in Kettle Valley) and as someone who didn’t live here in 2003, what should my level of concern be? How close would the fire need to be before they tell us to leave?

I’ve had some coworkers who were evacuated in 2003 suggest to get a bag ready with important documents and keepsakes. How premature is that or is it premature? Some people have a flair for the dramatic and I haven’t been all that concerned to this point. It’s a bit unsettling but nothing I’m too worried about yet.
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Jonrox wrote:As a resident of Kettle Valley (and almost as far west as you can get in Kettle Valley) and as someone who didn’t live here in 2003, what should my level of concern be? How close would the fire need to be before they tell us to leave?


The ones in command will be aware of residences in the area. There will be "trigger points" when fire behavior is such those residences could be affected if the weather remains constant. At these trigger points, evacuation warnings are issued and then evacuation orders are implemented if things start getting away from fire control. Wind increasing and perhaps a change of direction will speed things up.
When we were given an alert 15 years ago, we started collecting important documents, pictures, computer etc. I also had a trailer so a fair jag of " stuff" could be prepared. Wind shifted and all was clear in a couple of days.

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Jonrox wrote:As a resident of Kettle Valley (and almost as far west as you can get in Kettle Valley) and as someone who didn’t live here in 2003, what should my level of concern be? How close would the fire need to be before they tell us to leave?

I’ve had some coworkers who were evacuated in 2003 suggest to get a bag ready with important documents and keepsakes. How premature is that or is it premature? Some people have a flair for the dramatic and I haven’t been all that concerned to this point. It’s a bit unsettling but nothing I’m too worried about yet.

ever since the 2003 fire i always have a bag ready .i spent 2 weeks in a hotel with only a backpack of belongings no phone charger no meds. its a good idea to be ready.
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Can see the flames now, smoke letting up. Wind appears to be weakening, still too much but lake isn't as choppy around Rattlesnake island as it was earlier.

In this picture the fire started to the far right, smoke from Summerland joins the OK mtn fire so may be tough to make out. Really sad to see, we were camping just below the fire line in the park this time last week.

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As of now the flames have jumped with the wind to within approximately 800 meters of the remotest house on lakeshore . And about 300 meters above the lake shore and seem to be climbing up hill at this point eastwardly . Something fierce is going on just over squally point judging by how high the plum is building like a thunder head now as opposed to whafting sideways .
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Zoso wrote:As of now the flames have jumped with the wind to within approximately 800 meters of the remotest house on lakeshore . And about 300 meters above the lake shore and seem to be climbing up hill at this point eastwardly . Something fierce is going on just over squally point judging by how high the plum is building like a thunder head now as opposed to whafting sideways .


Are you sure on that 800meters from closest house?
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Positive . I’m not a bad judge of distance . I can see the flames
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Zoso wrote:Positive . I’m not a bad judge of distance . I can see the flames

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