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The Calm After the Storm…

Things seem to be calming down, from what I can see, but I realise the fight goes on….

Fires are still burning but the Glenrosa fire seems to be almost half contained now, again, pockets of smoke are still rising from various parts. I can’t see Rose Valley from where I live, so until I go out in a moment, I’m not 100% certain of that one!

West Kelowna centre is getting on with it, as they say. I just called the library and they said that the roads out of West Kelowna are still shut down, but you can get about if you tell the RCMP that you’re going to the shops and offices and so on.

The air quality is not good, although I can now see down to Peachland again, pretty clearly, so no strenuous gardening or exercise outside for me….

So on that note, I’m off to the library and I’ll report anything major, any serious developments, or non serious, if I get anything. If you want up to the minute news and stuff, head over to the 1150am radio website, for live internet radio, www.am1150.ca

Fingers crossed for a good day! It’s apparently going to be a hot one, in the mid 30’s they say….

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West Kelowna and Rose Valley Forest Fire, Updates…

I just took a quick drive around as far as I could….

Roads are still blocked so I couldn’t get too close, plenty of smoke, not many flames to be seen, but this is what I got;

Rose Valley….

Rose Valley Tonight 4

Rose Valley Tonight 2

Rose Valley Tonight 3

Rose Valley Tonight 5

Rose Valley Tonight 1


West Kelowna…

West Kelowna Tonight 3

West Kelowna Tonight 1

West Kelowna Tonight 2

Time now is 9pm. I’m off to get a hour or so sleep. I want to be awake for when it gets dark. The interesting time is coming up, as the air crew have to stop at sundown, it’s too dangerous, so the ground grew have to fight the fires. But Rose Valley, from what I have heard is too far in to be fought from the road, there’s no access. Only the helicopters have been going in.

One question I do have, if anyone can answer me, is why have the bombers not been used? Surely there25 odd tons of water, every 15 mins or so would do some good? I hope to have the answer soon.

Stay safe, good luck to the firemen and support staff and I’ll be back shortly.

JB

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Early Evening Update…

Here’s what I’m seeing right now….

6pm Shot...

Not a huge difference to this afternoons shot, but it is clearing slightly, although through the afternoon it has been see sawing backwards and forwards. If you look carefully, of click on the photo to get over to Flickr and see a larger version, smoke is starting to billow up from behind Goats Peak Mountain, heading over to Peachland. And if you look really close, you can see the 3 helicopters hovering above the smoke.

I’m still trying to get some shots of the Fintry fire. If anyone know a good site I can link to or recommend, it would be much appreciated. From what we’re hearing, it’s really got bad this afternoon, doubling in size in a matter of hours and expected to get much worse.

A reader has asked me about sorting out a Google map of the area, which I’m going to have a crack at. Any advice, greatly appreciated!

I hope everyone is OK. We’re getting there, slowly, but it’s not over yet.

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This Afternoon’s Update….

Currently, 1.30pm, this is what I am seeing, over West Kelowna….

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Haven’t been able to see much, so the pictures aren’t changing a whole lot at the moment, which is no bad thing… Rose Valley sounds like it is getting bigger, half of West Kelowna has been evacuated and smoke is in the air, we’ve been told to stay inside and not do anything to strenuous outside. You can smell the smoke, obviously, everywhere. Eyes are starting to sting, ever so slightly, throats are drying out a little, but we’re hanging in there.

Thanks for the comments and emails I am getting. It seems hardly anything to keep adding the odd picture and write a bit here and there, but from the feedback you’re sending me, you’re finding it useful just to see what’s going on as you are finding it hard to get in touch with families and friends here. So I’ll keep going!

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West Kelowna Fire….

Latest view….

The Morning After (7am)

Not much change, so to speak, a few pockets still refusing to go out.

I just jumped in the Jeep and headed round Mt. Boucherie to see what I could see of the Rose Valley situation…

Rose Valley Forest Fire

All smoke, you’re seeing what I saw. A load of evacuations as well as warnings underway for the Rose Valley areas. Check out www.castanet.net or the radio station that I’m listening to, www.am1150.ca for lists.

The helicopters and air support have begun, dropping into the bay down at Gellatly for water.

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The Morning After…

I fell asleep at the computer blogging, snapping and Twittering, around 1am! I know I’ve got a few readers with relatives here and are keeping up to date…

5am and this is the view…

The Morning After....

As I type, small fires are flaring up again on the mountain to the left.

So the latest, as I hear it on the radio, 20,000 people and over 6000 homes evacuated, the highway closed both ways.

More to come….

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West Kelowna Forest Fire Latest….

The view, from the front, tonight….

Forest Fire 1

10,000 people evacuated or effected, 4000 homes and now over 300 hectares.

We’re still waiting for more news on the Rose Valley fire and how it is developing, although it’s being reported as over 20 hectares and parts are now being evacuated….

Forest Fire 2

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More Planting….

The raspberry canes are in!…

Raspberry Canes....

A friend gave us 7 canes from her mum’s garden now she has moved and we whacked ’em in smartish. I returned the one we bought from Home Depot, as, to be blunt, it was cr@p! It looked like a twig and it wasn’t looking like it was ever going to progress any further.

So, the beds up behind our little deck, look like this….

The Plot #1....

If you click the photo and go to the Flickr page, through the magic of the interweb, I’ve put some notes on the photo showing what’s where, but there is now raspberries, strawberries, courgettes, onions, carrots and tomatos all planted. Not all outside yet, it’s still getting cold at night.

The Deck....

Left looks up at the crops and right, down the hill to the house and looking out across the lake.

Plenty of books out from the library, on making beer and wine, so that’s next. Along with chickens….

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The Sunshine….

Couldn’t resist another shot of the view…

Lake Okanagan...

This one is from the deck of the house opposite us, so same view, just a different angle.

Much as the winter is good and my favourite season being fall in Canada, when it gets warm and the sunshine comes out, this is not a bad place to be. Can’t wait for the lake to warm up so we can go swimming again….

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Gardening in the Sunshine….

Well, we didn’t make Penticton, spending the entire weekend in the back garden planting our “crops” and building a new composting bin….

The weather was warm and sunny all day long, both days, so we stayed put and got cracking. Carrots, tomatoes, courgettes along with some other things. We’re just figuring out where to put some strawberries and raspberries. Must be getting fired up and going well, the missus wants to start her own gardening/veggie blog/website….

Prawns....

Saturday night, end of day #1, prawns, steak and salad on the BBQ, with a couple of beers and a glass or 3 of wine by the fire pit….

Fire....

Gggrrrrr…..

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