19 Jul 2009, 8:37pm
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Kelowna Fires

Includes Rose Valley Dam, Terrace Mountain, Glenrosa - Westbank Fires

Location: West Kelowna, BC
Specific Location: W of Rose Valley Lake, Okanagan Lake, Glenrosa. Lat 49° 50´ 58″, Lon 119° 40´ 06″

Date of Origin: 07/18/2009
Cause: Human, under investigation

Terrace Mountain Fire
Situation as of 08/14/2009 10:00 am
Personnel: 459 firefighters, 12 helicopters, 77 heavy equipment
Size: 9,277 ha (est.)
Percent Contained: 75%

The Evacuation Order has been rescinded for an estimated 1,499 Westside Road residents living between the south end of Ewings Landing and the northern boundary of Lake Okanagan Resort. These residents will remain on short notice evacuation alert. The evacuation order will remain in effect for approximately 18 residents in Fintry High Farm and District lots off South Terrace Main.

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Terrace Mountain Fire
Situation as of 08/11/2009 7:30 am
Personnel: 475 firefighters, 16 helicopters, 108 heavy equipment
Size: 9,158 ha (est.)
Percent Contained: 75%

Effective 12:00 p.m. Wednesday , August 12th, the Evacuation Order will be rescinded for an estimated 1,499 Westside Road residents living between the south end of Ewings Landing and the northern boundary of Lake Okanagan Resort. These residents will remain on short notice evacuation alert. The evacuation order will remain in effect for approximately 18 residents in Fintry High Farm and District lots off South Terrace Main.

Cooler moist weather has arrived and crews are reinforcing their fire guards.

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Terrace Mountain Fire
Situation as of 08/07/2009 9:30 am
Personnel: 421 firefighters, 16 helicopters, 91 heavy equipment
Size: 8,550 ha (est.)
Percent Contained: 40%

Effective 8:00 a.m. Thursday, August 6th, the Evacuation Order will be downgraded to an Alert for the Traders Cover and Bear Creek Road north residents that have been impacted by the Terrace Mountain wildfire.

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Terrace Mountain Fire
Situation as of 08/05/2009 4:30 pm
Personnel: 371 firefighters, 16 helicopters, 88 heavy equipment
Size: 8,000 ha (est.)
Percent Contained: 40%

This fire is now estimated at 8,000 hectares, however this increase in fire size is a reflection of the successful burnoff operations. With temperatures easing firefighters are getting the break they need to focus their efforts on strengthening fireguards along the north and west.

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Terrace Mountain Fire
Situation as of 08/03/2009 5:45 pm
Personnel: 264 firefighters, 16 helicopters, 83 heavy equipment (over 400 total)
Size: 7,500 ha
Percent Contained: 30%

An evacuation order has been issued by the Regional District of Central Okanagan for approximately 2500 residents. For more information on evacuations please call either the public info line at 250-469-8490 or if you are a member of the media call 250-469-8493.

This morning the S side of the fire was the most active. Both helicopters and airtankers have been flying continuously during daylight hours to extinguish hot spots to keep the fire perimeter from flaring up.

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Terrace Mountain Fire
Situation as of 08/02/2009 1:00 pm
Personnel: 237 firefighters, 16 helicopters, 83 heavy equipment
Size: 7,025 ha
Percent Contained: 30%

The Terrace Mountain Fire grew significantly yesterday due to wind; it is estimated to have grown 2500 hectares. The evacuation order has been reissued and extended. Firefighters were pulled back from endangered positions. More air and ground support is enroute.

The current active crown fire was not a result of the burning off activity; this fire burned over the fireguard that was built. Extremely dry fuels, wind speed, and wind direction all contributed to the fire’s vigorous growth.

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Terrace Mountain Fire
Situation as of 7/29/2009 8:30 pm
Personnel: 292 firefighters, 16 helicopters, 86 heavy equipment
Size: 4,500 ha
Percent Contained: 85%

8:00 a.m. Thursday, July 30th, the Evacuation Order will be rescinded for approximately 1,000 residents impacted by the Terrace Mountain wildfire.

Yesterday rank 1-3 fire behaviour was observed on the fire, which is a ground fire with some open flame, and an occasional torching of a tree. Today rank 2 and 3 is expected, which is low to moderately vigourous surface fire behaviour. 35 kms of control line have been built around the fire.

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Terrace Mountain Fire
Situation as of 7/26/2009 8:30 pm
Personnel: 267 firefighters, 16 helicopters, 91 heavy equipment
Size: 4,500 ha
Percent Contained: 50%

Resources are shared between Terrace Mountain, Rose Valley Dam, and Glenrosa - Westbank Fires. The latter two are contained and in mop-up phase. Evacuation alerts were lifted for 17,500 residents in West Kelowna. About 1,000 remain evacuated from the Fintry area.

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Water bomber crashes

By Lena Sin, The Province, July 26, 2009 [here]

A water bomber battling the Terrace Mountain Fire crashed into Okanagan Lake on Saturday. The plane was touching down to scoop up water at about noon when it flipped.

The pilot managed to free himself and escaped without major injury.

The plane sank. The cause of the crash is not yet known. [The plane, an Air Tractor AT-802 capable of landing on land or water, had sunk by the afternoon. The RCMP managed to retrieve the plane’s floats.] See [here].

As of Saturday afternoon, the Terrace Mountain Fire, estimated at 4,500 hectares, was 25 per cent contained. Crews were making good progress with the fire much quieter, said a forest fire official.

Situation as of 07/23/2009 10:30 am

Terrace Mountain Fire
Personnel: 175 firefighters, 7 helicopters
Size: 4,000 ha
Percent Contained: not reported

Fire doubled in size yesterday. The 2,200 residents of Caesar’s Landing, Ewing’s Landing, Nahun, Valley of the Sun, Muirallen Estates, Estamont, Aspen Shores, Summersands, La Casa, Fintry Provincial Park and campground and Fintry Delta and Killiney Beach were ordered to evacuate late Thursday morning. On Wednesday 13 residents were evacuated from 10 properties in the Fintry High Farm area.

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Situation as of 07/22/2009 7:30 pm

Rose Valley Dam Fire
Personnel: 40 firefighters, 4 helicopters
Size: 107.0 ha
Percent Contained: 80%

The fire has been re-mapped at 107 hectares with infrared scanning. All remaining residents affected by the Rose Valley Fire began returning to their houses at 5 p.m.

Terrace Mountain Fire
Personnel: 175 firefighters, 7 helicopters
Size: 2000.0 ha
Percent Contained: 30%

Evacuation of 13 people living in rural areas W of the fire.

Glenrosa - Westbank Fire
Personnel: 140 firefighters, 10 helicopters
Size: 303.0 ha
Percent Contained: 80%

Change in size is due to more accurate mapping. Unconfirmed reports say 9 homes have been destroyed by the fire. All remaining residents affected by the Glenrosa Fire began returning to their houses at 5 p.m.

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Situation as of 07/20/2009 6:00 pm

Rose Valley Dam Fire
Personnel: 65 firefighters, 6 helicopters
Size: 150.0 ha
Percent Contained: 10%
Evacuation Order is in effect.

Terrace Mountain Fire
Personnel: 68 firefighters, 5 helicopters, 5 heavy equipment
Size: 875.0 ha
Percent Contained: 0%
No structures threatened by the fire, which is approximately 20 km west of Fintry.

Glenrosa - Westbank Fire
Personnel: 133 firefighters, 9 helicopters, 8 airtankers
Size: 400.0 ha
Percent Contained: 60%
Three homes have been destroyed by the fires. More than 11,250 people have been evacuated. 6,000+ more are on evacuation alert.

From The Province, 07/20/2009, noon [here]:

KELOWNA — Thousands of Okanagan residents were forced to flee their homes Saturday night and Sunday as two separate wildfires engulfed an estimated 550 hectares in West Kelowna, destroying at least three homes.

About 5,000 homes and 11,250 people in the Glenrosa and Rose Valley communities have been evacuated, with a further 6,190 residents in the nearby communities of West Kelowna Estates, Crystal Springs and Shannon Woods under evacuation alert.

Spurred on by hot weather, tinder-dry conditions, and strong winds, the main fire in Glenrosa, which was reported Saturday afternoon as a 15-hectare blaze, grew dramatically to 400 hectares Sunday, jumping Highway 97 and moving eastwards towards Okanagan Lake.

The massive fire was 40 per cent contained, fire information officer Dale Bojahra told a news conference at West Kelowna Firehall No. 1 Sunday night. …

Situation as of 07/19/2009 6:00 pm

Rose Valley Dam Fire
Personnel: 125, 60+ enroute
Size: 150.0 ha
Percent Contained: 90%
Evacuation Order is in effect.

Terrace Mountain Fire
Personnel: 70, more enroute
Size: 850.0 ha
Percent Contained: 0%
No structures threatened by the fire, which is approximately 20 km west of Fintry.

Glenrosa - Westbank Fire
Personnel: 125, 60+ enroute
Size: 350.0 ha
Percent Contained: 40%
Evacuation Order is in effect.

From The Province [here]:

Updated (7:30 p.m.): Firefighters aided by cooler temperatures and lighter winds have contained 40 per cent of the Glenrosa fire in West Kelowna that has forced 11,000 from their homes.

Fire information officer Dale Bojahra said the 400-hectare fire has been contained by a fire break on its southern-east edge down to Okanagan Lake. Tankers are using that break to put water on hotspots and firefighters are protecting homes on the edge of the fire.

The 150-hectare Rose Valley fire is uncontained but has not destroyed any buidings. Residents living on Rose Valley Lake’s southern edge are on evacuation alert.

An 850-hectare fire is still burning further north at Terrace Mountain but is not near any buildings.

Eleven thousand people have left their homes as fire rages in the Glenrosa and Rose Valley areas of West Kelowna.

An estimated 6,000 more residents are on evacuation alert. The largest Glenrosa fire was 40 per cent contained as of 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

20 Jul 2009, 7:37am
by Murray


Hope everyone stay safe and the fires get under control real soon.

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