Sunday, July 19, 2009

Update on the fire

I've been checking news coverage this morning and, at this point, there are two fires burning in the West Kelowna area, the Glenrosa fire that we saw yesterday and another one in the Rose Valley area.

As of this morning, the Glenrosa fire has expanded to 300 hectares (just over a square mile) with 4500 homes, about 10,000 pepole evacuated. The Rose Valley fire is reported to be about 20 hectares. Approximately 1500 homes are currently on evacuation alert. There is a third fire, in the Fintry area that is nowhere near homes. There hasn't been much news concerning that fire, but we did hear that the Glenrosa and Rose Valley fires are the ones that are being concentrated on, simply because they're affecting homes.

The skies all around us are hazy with smoke this morning and there's a definite sm
oky tang to the air. Thankfully, the wind has died down today. 

Edited to add: I've posted a picture in the footer of the blog (scroll down, wayyyyyy down). It's a panorama shot of the fire, as of about 6:30 last night. It will give you an idea of just how far the smoke was blowing down the lake.


  1. Oh no!!! That's really crappy. Hopefully it doesn't get too big like it did back in, when was it?, 2003???. I remember driving by and seeing what the damage was then.

    Oh, by the way, we'll be coming down again at the end of August for Ironman. Hopefully we'll get to meet up again!

  2. I like the photo of the sun. We watched the fire grow when we were at Bertram Creek Park yesterday - didn't imagine at the time that we would feel threatened by TWO fires today.

  3. I do hope they are able to get these fires under control before homes are damaged, and definitely before any lives are lost. :)