So, checking the news channels, I’ve got this for now….
Ministry of Forests and Range say fire is 18 hectares in size and is contained below the highway. 14 firefighters, 5 helicopters and one piece of heavy equipment are on scene. Calm winds are slowing fire behaviour.
The plumes of smoke have certainly dissipated, (I think that’s the right word!) and is nothing more than small’ish white cloud of smoke.
So, for now, we’re kind of out of the woods, as they say…..
The word is that the fire is now at 15 hectares, so it’s still growing.
And to make matters worse, some people are taking the logging roads to try and get round the Hwy 97 closed route….. then getting lost, stretching the RCMP resources further.
More news as I get it….
I don’t see any planes, or "water choppers", so it would appear, from our view, that it’s under control for now…. it’s been very hot and dry for a few days now though, so, we wait and see. We have had some serious winds over the last 24 hours, but fortunately, they have died down a little for now, which will help….
Fire crews are currently battling a wildfire that is burning in the Drought Hill area just south of Gorman’s Mill.
The fire, which appears to have started near Seclusion Bay has crept up the hill close to Highway 97.
Reports indicate people are being evacuated from Seclusion Bay Road. Evacuees are being taken to the Westbank Community Hall.
There are reports the fire has crossed the road, forcing some residents to go back to the lake.
Rescue crews are evacuating residents by water utilizing two rescue craft.
Air tankers from the Ministry of Forests have been called in.
Weather conditions are extremely gusty. They appear to be out of the west.
The forecast for Monday is calling for winds gusting from the southwest at 50/km an hour.
Traffic is stalled southbound on Highway 97 at the Okanagan Connector.
Tags: Peachland, Fire, Okanagan, Canada, British Columbia, BC
We pulled over, hopped out, got the rod and tried our luck….
…. nothing taking though. We were hoping for at least one kokanee salmon to take, being the first day of the salmon season and all. But, it wasn’t to be. I’ve got a couple in the freezer now, so that’ll keep us going for a couple of weeks.
Other news? The temperature out here is now in the high 20’s, predicted 31C tomorrow, so we’re hoping for the lake to hurry up and warm up. A few hardy souls have been seen jumping in, not us though, not yet.
School has a couple of weeks left and Sam is off on the school camping trip next week, his mum going with him, which should be good. Kayaking, swimming in the lake, if it’s not too cold, zip lines and so on.
The plants are coming on, the tomatos starting to appear and the strawberries too. They seem to like the organic compost we’ve used this year, so that’s good.
Looking forward to seeing my uncle this Friday, who I haven’t seen since coming out to Canada, nearly 4 years ago. Not sure what we’re going to be doing, although rumour has it he’s going to be off on my mountain bike, so I guess we’ll be going to some “runs”….