Saturday, August 24, 2019

Coming home in the dark.........summer

I've encountered too many strange things on the road on summer evenings - I avoid coming home in the summer after dark, but tonight I was just a little too late. I don't mind the horses, cattle or deer, but I met a lot of vehicles coming down - including a truck pulling a long gooseneck trailer - 9:00 at night, 18km McKinney Road.

Fire Aviation - Global Supertanker deployed to Bolivia

Amazing capacity.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Sea to Sky - confirmed the cable was cut - now to find who did it...................

“Police have confirmed that the main cable was cut and that there are no other natural or mechanical reasons for the cable to have failed.”

Apex Patrol - Ski and Board Swap 2019

Apex Patrol - Ski and Board Swap 2019

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 at 9 AM – 8 PM
  • Penticton Curling Club
    PO Box 7 505 Railway Avenue, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S3

Monday, August 19, 2019


Someone with a Baldy IP address downloaded many photos from the blog tonight. I don't mind that for personal use, but use of blog photos for commercial purposes by permission only. Apple I phone.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Baldy Family

As Audrey said, we were there for Baldy's best years!
Thanks for making this happen Doug and Jolly. Photo bombed by Otis.

4 have skied Baldy - the two who skied here as children still do
1 former Baldy CSPS Patrol member
2 former Baldy CSIA instructors
3 are grandparents of Baldy skiers
2 mothers of former Baldy ski instructors
1 is also a grandmother of a former Baldy ski instructor

As Marge used to say, "You can't put a price tag on my memories."

Friday, August 16, 2019

Fire not expected to grow beyond perimeter .............

Eagle Bluff (K51244)

Last updated: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 8:51 AM
Location: approximately 10 km southeast of Okanagan Falls
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Discovered: Sunday, August 04, 2019
Size: 2,632.0 hectares
Status: Active
The fire is now classified as Being Held, meaning the fire is not expected to grow beyond its current perimeter. The fire remains at 2,632 hectares in size. Due to decreased fire activity, the night crews and the majority of the heavy equipment has been demobilized off the fire.

The BC Wildfire Service has completed all appropriate planned ignitions at this time based on fuel load and weather conditions. Containment lines and contingency lines have been completed around the perimeter of the fire. While the fire remains active, it is now burning in an area that historically has seen low intensity fire. The fire is burning in inoperable terrain on the northeast flank, and shows low propensity for fire growth and no threat to interface values. In consultation with land managers and other partners, it has been identified and decided to allow the fire to take its natural course while being monitored by the BC Wildfire service, an approach referred to as modified response. The fire will be closely monitored by the BC Wildfire Service using cameras, ground patrols and aerial scans as necessary. Smoke may continue to be visible from the fire.

The areas of the fire that posed a threat to interface values on the West, East and South flanks have been fully suppressed and are currently in patrol status. These areas were all successfully burned using planned ignitions to bring the fire towards operable control lines. Infrared scanning will continue to occur in these areas to ensure all hot spots are all extinguished.

Today, crews will continue to mop up and patrol the fire on the West, East and Southern flanks. Their objective is to extinguish all hot spots within 200 feet of the fire perimeter. An aerial scan will occur again today to identify more hot spots that crews can action.

An area restriction order for Crown land in the vicinity of the Eagle Bluff wildfire remains in place for the purpose of public safety and to ensure the safety of firefighting personnel. This order will remain in place until noon on August 30, 2019 or until it is rescinded. Please note, that this does not include Osoyoos I.R. No. 1 as it is not Crown land. Read the full information bulletin here:
Interface: This is not an interface fire.
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We would like to thank our crews for their continued hard work in steep and rocky terrain, and to the communities surrounding this fire for welcoming them with kindness and support.

For more information on this incident, please contact the incident information officers:

Shannon Street | Erin Catherall | Kyla Fraser

Media Inquiries: 778 694-8314
Public Inquiries: 778 694-0591
Hours: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm

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Cause: Under Investigation
The incident is currently under investigation. Fire Origin and Cause (FOC) personnel have been working on site.
• 164 firefighters
• 4 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
An incident management team remains in place.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Area Restriction - Eagle Bluff Fire - Yes you can come up to your property, just don't get caught in the bush or on a FSR in the restricted area.

Yes the moisture has helped and there isn't much smoke - I talked to my favourite Wildfire Specialist at the gas pumps tonight - he says there is still a lot of heat up at the fire.

There is a lot of work to do to complete the perimeter lines, and put things out. Big water trucks and crews don't need to encounter atv's and others on the forest service roads.

Area restriction implemented for Eagle Bluff wildfire

OLIVER - The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an area restriction order for Crown land in the vicinity of the Eagle Bluff wildfire in order to protect public safety and ensure the safety of firefighting personnel. This area restriction is effective as of noon on August 13, 2019.
This order will remain in place until noon on August 30, 2019 or until it is rescinded. This order applies to Crown land within the geographic boundaries shown on the map posted online: Please note, that this does not include Osoyoos I.R. No. 1 as it is not Crown land.

Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area only in the course of:

* travelling to or from his or her principle residence that is not under an evacuation order;

* travelling to or from leased property for the purposes of accessing a secondary residence or recreational property that is not under an evacuation order;

* travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;

* travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities; and

* engaging and/or participating in agricultural activities pertaining to livestock management on private or leased property.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to:

Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
778 694-8314

First in line?

Sorry, you are on the wrong side of the haul rope, and a few months early. Mark Davison photo.

Maybe a little salt mixed with the sand last winter?

Rock Creek Fall Fair

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Water has helped a lot........

RDOS has lifted the evacuation alerts, considerable water has reduced the fire hazard - Baldy now back to a "2".

Trucks and crews from fire departments in other areas of the Province are on their way home.

The fire is still very active, although not a lot of smoke today. BCWS crews still have a long way to go on this one.

A lot of water........

Not scientific at all, but the bucket on my doorstep had 2 inches of water in it this morning.
There was enough to cause erosion.

This spot below the junction has really opened up overnight.

Rocks are shifting above the water valves in one of my least favourite places.

This hole in the canyon has still not been repaired, and the hwys pilon has disappeared - my dollar store cones are faded and over the bank.

Saturday night.......

This station was pumping water up to the crews in the vicinity of a planned ignition last night - by the traffic and the tracks, it appears there was water going up Wolf Cub Creek FSR as well.

These are clips from my dashcam.