Monday, July 31, 2017

Smoke hangs in Valley - Kelowna News

Smoke hangs in Valley - Kelowna News: UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Environment Canada says smoky skies will be with us for the next several days.

Still Wet at North End of No Fish/Linda Lake

Thanks Bryan Gough for the photos. Mossies are bad there.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Fire by the numbers - BC News

Fire by the numbers - BC News: This is the third worst fire season in B.C. since records began and it is far from over, according to Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

More Clinton evacuations - BC News

More Clinton evacuations - BC News: UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. The evacuation order near Clinton has been expanded once again, as the 'rapidly moving' Elephant Hill wildfire continues to grow.

Will it be a long winter? Chipmunks are stocking up already!

Sherry Davison photos.

Naramata fire contained - BC News

Naramata fire contained - BC News: UPDATE 2:50 p.m. The fire in Naramata is 100 per cent contained.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Smoke is from American fire - Penticton News

Smoke is from American fire - Penticton News: Considerable smoke can been seen in the skies around the South Okanagan, due to a wildfire burning south of the border.

Facebook News

  • fire start west of Osoyoos posted last night, but I can't find the fire number listed on bcwildfire
  • report of tossed cigarette igniting fire near Bridesville last night - put out by residents

Mike Pringle Isaack - Facebook Photo

Summer in the North Bowl

It is not unusual to see snow in the North Bowl in August, just not an easy hike to get down to it.
Thanks John Webster for this photo of Richard and George.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fire Updates

  • new fire closed Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson.
  • Aussies take command of the mop up of the Princeton fire, relieving the Saskatchewan team
  • new fire by Monte Lake, and weather concerns in the Cariboo
  • our forecast - continuing hot and dry

BMR Release

Media release from BMR. The influx of people to the area at FOG is massive - if you are looking for accommodation - check asap. 

Media Contact
Stephanie O’Brien
(403) 978-6788

For Immediate Release: Baldy Marathon PRICE DROP

Oliver, BC; July 25, 2017- Osoyoos and Oliver gear up to host the region’s newest attraction in 2017- the Baldy Marathon, presented by Baldy Mountain Resort!
Prices are irresistible with only 750 spots available for the 1st annual Baldy Marathon, taking place on October 1st. The course is set to begin in Oliver at the same location as the Festival of the Grape. The 10K and 20K runners will run along the Okanagan River and turn around at designated points and the Full Marathoners will continue to run towards Osoyoos Lake and back. The finish area will feature booths from +50 local wineries, family-friendly events, and a commemorative finisher’s medal. Runners will enjoy free entry into the Festival of the Grape and have access to the roving shuttle race-day transportation, operating both to and from Oliver and Osoyoos all day.
Price comparison:

Old Prices
New Prices

“The Baldy Marathon will be like no other event in the world, the race will start and finish at the Festival of the Grape; bringing a big celebration feeling to the start/finish area. It will be held on gravel trails following the Okanagan River, and most importantly will bring a prestigious marathon to the region”, said Baldy Mountain Investor, Victor Tsao.

(Stay and Play) Packages will be available at various hotels located in Oliver and Osoyoos. This hotel and race package will offer a discounted entry fee with the booking of hotel accommodation. Keep an eye out over the next week, on our website or email Stephanie O’Brien for details regarding the Stay and Play packages.

For more information on either the race or the resort please contact:

Stephanie O’Brien
Marketing. Baldy Mountain Resort.


Are you ready? Baldy's Best Dancer is on the way............

We get a bonus visit from Margaret and John this summer. They are on their way from Australia to do some stuff at the cabin in preparation for our Christmas bonus- Hopefully  their 3 daughters, husbands and all the grandkids  will be able to gather at Baldy. This includes, of course, their son-in-law - T-bar Tony!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Hike

Dianne F. photos

Tuesday Update

Today's audio from BC Wildfire above.

The BC Active wildfire map was intermittent for awhile with high demand, but seems better now, link is now on the sidebar, thanks Brian Gough.

From BMR

Your voices have been heard! #RunBaldy Prices have dropped!

Address Change Confirmation

One Baldy resident had a problem trying to change their mailing address with ICBC. I received confirmation from Canada Post in Kelowna this morning. Our new addresses, at Mount Baldy B.C. are correct.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Oh how I hate Facebook news.................

My only source so far - hay shed fire up Christian Valley - firefighters and tankers have been working it. Will post more later if I get anymore updates.

Wildfire conditions stable - BC News

Wildfire conditions stable - BC News: Wildfire crews in British Columbia continue to keep a close eye on the weather, but despite predictions of strong winds and lightning, conditions remained relatively stable over the weekend.

Friday, July 21, 2017

New Blog Post From Andy on BMR Website

Baldy Marathon

If you are interested in marathons, the BMR website has been updated with a reduced entry fee.

Hwy 97 Closed at Vaseux Lake

Crash closes Hwy 97 - Penticton News: Highway 97 is closed at Vaseux Lake, about 12 km south of the junction with Highway 3A due to a major car accident.

Don't even think about lighting one..........

Officers hunting campfires - Penticton News: Conservation officers are 'searching night and day' for people who are trying to 'get away' with having a campfire, according to Penticton-based conservation officer Mike Stern.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunshine Village Evacuating

Resort clears out, fire rages - Canada News: A popular Rocky Mountain resort in Banff National Park is being cleared of guests so that crews can fight a wildfire raging in the nearby backcountry.

Wildfire 60% contained - Penticton News

Wildfire 60% contained - Penticton News: UPDATE 11:30 a.m. Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson says crews have achieved 60 per cent containment on the fire, which they are estimating at one hectare in size.

Loading Out

Minor delays yesterday as logs were being loaded by the McKinney Subdivision.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sad Time in the Baldy Family - We'll Miss You Jim Linton

Sincere Baldy hugs for Pat, Beth, Maggie, Dylan and Hewitt. Jim was a great guy, and will be missed.

Linton, Jim

January 21, 1948 - July 18, 2017

On Tuesday July 18, Jim Linton passed away peacefully at home after a 2 year struggle with cancer. He stayed strong for his family and friends right to the end, never losing his generosity or sense of humour.

He will be fondly remembered by his loving family including his wife Pat, daughters Beth (Toronto) and Maggie (Kelowna), grandchildren Dylan and Hewitt and his best buddy Dexter.  He was predeceased by his mother, father, sister and brother.

Born in Galt Ontario, BC seemed to be calling his name and in 1981 he moved west with his young family and settled in Oliver.  A man of many talents and interests he pursued several careers – recreation, aluminum siding, construction, farming, insurance, landscaping and bob cat services, to name a few.  His interests were many including hunting, fishing, golfing, curling, cycling, skiing/snowboarding and motorcycles. His last passion was carving – a talent that had lain dormant but flourished in his last few years which brought him and others much pleasure. Jim was always open to new experiences and challenges and as a result his bucket list was always growing.

The family would like to thank the medical communities of Kelowna (surgical team), and Penticton (oncology doctors and nurses) and the Oliver doctors, nurses and pharmacists.  He could not have asked for better care. Thanks to Dr. Entwistle and the palliative care nurses Lisa and Ashley for their compassion and concern.

Heartfelt thanks to John and Daryn (Nunes & Pottinger) for their sensitive guidance.
A very, very special thank you to Dave & Janet Shaw – your generosity knows no bounds.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.

Family and friends are encouraged to drop by the house on Saturday, July 22 between  1 and  5 to  celebrate Jim’s life.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

UPDATE: Grouse Mountain Sale Finalized - Ski Area Management

UPDATE: Grouse Mountain Sale Finalized - Ski Area Management

Forecast for Thursday

Thursday forecast is for wet on the mountain, however there is a risk of thunder/lightning during the day.

Wednesday Update

  • Evacuation numbers were revised yesterday. Numbers approaching 47,000. Previous totals were calculated using the number of households.
  • Cache Creek residents went home yesterday afternoon, but are still on alert. Resident interviewed on CBC this morning reports some fire retardant on the homes, and smoke irritating airways and eyes.
  • one report of tap water being black
  • hazard is out there - be careful

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Province is dry, Okanagan Lake still 22cms above full pool.

Wildfire Updates

From CBC and BC Wildfire

  • BC Wildfire urging all to put together an emergency kit and make an evacuation plan.
  • Cache Creek residents will start a coordinated return home this afternoon after 11 days of evacuation
  • Australian team arriving tomorrow are not front line fighters, they are specialists. They are coming from a jurisdiction where their wildfire management is very similar to that of  BC, and basically they can step into management jobs here without a lot of retraining. There is a long standing relationship between BC and this group, and resources have been exchanged several times in previous years.
  • Canadian Armed Forces are replacing RCMP at road blocks to free up more RCMP to patrol and deal with the ongoing problems with looting in evacuated areas.
  • Biggest factor in fire danger - the weather.
Disturbing factor in danger - people.

  • fires deliberately set
  • people still tossing cigarette butts and lighting campfires
  • off road enthusiasts ignoring trail and back country closures
  • Story on CBC yesterday - Tim Hortons in Williams Lake is open to serve RCMP and firemen - staffed by owner and family, with a little help from their law enforcement customers

Monday, July 17, 2017

Moose and Dust Control

Magnesium Caltrate - Those of us who are on the road lots in the off season have lots of comments on when and how dust control is applied. This moose is apparently happy with how it was done.....

Mark Schroeter photo.

Help on the way from Australia..............

With British Columbia continuing to battle wildfires during an exceptionally severe wildfire season, a contingent of specialized wildfire personnel from Australia will be coming to B.C. to assist with wildfire response.
About 50 wildfire personnel, including a combination of officers and technical specialists, are scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 19. These personnel will be deployed throughout the province, based on current and anticipated wildfire activity. They could remain in B.C. for up to 38 days.
With British Columbia continuing to battle wildfires during an exceptionally severe wildfire season, a contingent of specialized wildfire personnel from Australia will be…

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Hike

Marian B. photos.

Okanagan Centre Fire

Major wildfire ignited Saturday in Lake Country area, and homes lost. Multiple articles posted on .

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Pics

Thanks Marian B.

Winds on the way - BC News

Winds on the way - BC News: After calmer winds gave fire fighters a leg up on the fires burning across much of the province, heavy winds are expected to kick up again today.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Castanet reporting Hwy 33 fire 85% contained, mopping up.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Crash sparks wildfire - Penticton News

Crash sparks wildfire - Penticton News: UPDATE 5:20 p.m. B.C. Wildfire information officer Karlie Shaughnessy says they have a seven person initial attack crew at the scene fighting the wildfire, which was caused by a collision between a lumber truck and car.

More firefighters join fray - BC News

More firefighters join fray - BC News: Firefighters from across the country are coming to the BC Interior to help crews battle numerous out-of-control fires.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday Night

The air is better up here than it is in the valley.

Three close calls on my radar today.............

Highway 97 north of Peachland - a fire start beside the highway 

A Baldy Family member was among the passers by who worked on putting it out, then a trucker blocked traffic and jumped out with his fire extinguisher. I came by when the firemen and police were investigating.

Fire reported 2Km "from the cross country trails" this afternoon. 

Baldy Family member working in Kelowna got a call from a friend who was on the receiving end of the "call forestry" radio transmission.  -Looking for a better description of the location of the cross country trails. I drove down tonight - past the Baldy trails, past the McKinney Nordic Club trails, and 3 kms past where there were trails across from toboggan hill, and didn't see anything. There was fresh flagging tape at the Line Shack Road - I drove in a little way, but there was no flagging when the road forked. There is machinery working on the power line upgrading the roads. Whoever called it in, radioed later that they had put it out.

Quick work by the Midway/Rock Creek Fire Department tonight.

Driving south on Hwy 33, and nearing Rock Creek:

Clue #1   - tire on rim at the side of the road

Clue#2   - skid marks down the road that looked like a trailer had the driver side wheels locked up

Clue #3  - smoke, and parked on the highway for about an hour.

The tire marks led directly to the scene where what appeared to be a "gooseneck" trailer pulled off, it's load on fire.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Evening

Seems like it is a touch smokier in town - all the way home there were "teaser droplets" on the windshield - nothing serious yet.

Daily Provincial Updates on Sound Cloud

* Just talked to a friend in Oliver - cannot see Baldy through the haze.

From Willowbrook Fire Department

It is dry out there

Sunday Sunset at Indian Rock

One of several images by Marie Fletcher, submitted to Global.

July 10th Fire Danger Graphic

Princeton Fire Growing

Some people...........

Friends driving hwy three last night saw two just started fires in the ditch by Hedley. One listed this morning as 2 hectares, "held". Prompt action by passers by and fire crews.

Have been thinking about keeping a shovel in the truck - remembering the time (decades ago) when I just had flip flops on my feet when a few of us stopped to fight a new start on McKinney Road,

Thanks Dezz and Nick for the photo.
Apparently there were three..........

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Manning Park - Long Time Ago

This photo surfaces on Facebook from time to time - I remember it well, and what the devastation looked like.

Have you read it?

Log into Power Strata, and read the Baldy Fire Plan.............

July 9, haze affects image.

Logging Stopped

We were starting to get used to the logging equipment noise early in the morning, and I noticed the noise stop at noon on Friday. I have confirmed that the operation has been shut down because of the fire hazard. First the late melt, now the shut down. Just another hurdle for BMR's plans

I would not be surprised if the trail crew plans are affected as well. 

I won't be using  gas powered tools any time soon.

Sunday Thoughts

When you arrive at Baldy, the ski runs are very green. In the village, there is a carpet of very dry pine needles. The lodge pole pine is at or near the end of it's natural life span. Dead standing trees are on many properties.

I have removed more than 80 pines from my lot in the last 15 years, and the younger spruce and fir have thrived as soon as they were out of the canopy of pines.

BC Wildfire has not updated the cause of the massive Princeton fire, but CBC radio this morning says it was caused by a spark from a piece of logging equipment.

Be careful wherever you go - it doesn't take much to ignite a fire.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Happy to have a traffic jam at the burn pile today, and lots of people in the village.

The nightmare continues in the Cariboo - homes lost - many patients transferred out of their home communities.

260 firefighters coming Monday from out of Province.

Experimental Fire Smoke Forecast

Saturday Update

Final tally for new fire starts in BC yesterday - 142.

New link on the side bar - Provincial Emergency Info Site - can look in one place to check on what areas are evacuated.

Friday, July 7, 2017

BC Wild Fire Update - 10:30

3 mins
Today has been one of B.C.’s busiest wildfire days in recent memory. We have had 138 confirmed wildfire starts across the province, primarily in the central interior. Lightning, high temperatures, and strong winds were contributing factors. Many of these wildfires are demonstrating aggressive fire behaviour. The BC Wildfire Service and local emergency services are responding to fires and working to keep the public and our communities safe. This photo was taken from the Provincial Airtanker Centre in Kamloops looking north towards smoke from the Ashcroft wildfire. This airtanker is going to take a rest until the morning, as are our social media channels. We will resume at 0800 tomorrow morning with updates.
From all of us at the BC Wildfire Service, have a safe evening.
For evacuation information, please see:
Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre for evacuation information in the Williams Lake, 103 Mile House, 105 Mile House, Lac La Hache, and 108 Mile Ranch Community areas.
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for evacuation information for the Princeton.
Thompson-Nicola Regional District for the Cache Creek, Ashcroft, and Little Fort areas.
For road conditions and closures, please visit:

Province Wide State of Emergency - 56 new fires today....

Emergency Management BC announced a provincial state of emergency to ensure a co-ordinated response to the current wildfire situation and to ensure public safety.
Today alone there have been 56 new wildfire starts throughout the province. Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Princeton. These are in addition to the evacuation orders and alerts issued yesterday for 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House. The extended weather forecast is calling for continued hot, dry weather, with risks of thunderstorms in many parts of the province.
Given the current wildfire situation and the expected increase in wildfire activity, the Province is taking this extraordinary measure of declaring a provincial state of emergency.
This is an urgent situation and public safety is the top priority. The Province will continue to keep the public informed in this rapidly evolving situation.
The state of emergency gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the RCMP authority under the Emergency Program Act to take every action necessary to fight these wildfires and protect residents and their communities.
For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC.

List is updated on BC Wildfire -  the interactive map is not loading with the high volume of people trying to look at it. the Rock Creek listed is apparently near Adams Lake.

July 27th Chimney Cleaning

Top Hat is taking bookings for July 27th chimney cleaning. Please book directly with Al - I will not be here that day, so can not take anyone else's key.

Refresh Castanet

Each time I get back to Castanet, there is another fire in the news. 100 Mile House, Ashcroft, Williams Lake, and now 5A is closed near Princeton.

There is an aggressive wildland fire 10km outside of Princeton, west of 5A. The fire is growing rapidly due to strong northeast winds. Please note that a campfire ban is now in effect for our area. As of this afternoon, no outdoor burning of ANY description is permitted.

Also Ban Adjacent to Us

Temporary Open Fire Ban for Regional District Fire Service Areas
Due to the current condition of high and extreme fire danger rating in our regional area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is implementing a TEMPORARY OPEN FIRE BAN.
Effective at noon on Friday, July 7th 2017 and until further notice, all open burning, including campfires and fireworks, will be prohibited in the RDOS. This ban is in conjunction with other local Fire Departments including Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton, Hedley and the Penticton Indian Band.
This open burning ban is in effect to protect public safety and to limit the risk of person-caused wildfires. This ban does not restrict fires in cooking stoves using gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating (providing the flame height does not exceed 15 centimeters) but does restrict fires in portable wood burning fireplaces and campfires.
Campers and hikers and those recreating in remote areas are asked to use extreme caution. Motorized vehicles, particularly all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes, can produce a significant amount of heat from their exhaust systems. This heat can be enough to spark a wildfire. Avoid operating any motorized vehicle in tall grass and vegetation when the weather is hot and dry. Even operating a lawn mower in dry grass conditions can ignite a fire.
Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for up to $345.00 per incident. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may also be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.
The RDOS thanks the public in advance for their cooperation in complying with this temporary fire ban. For further information, please contact Mark Woods, RDOS Community Services Manager, at (250) 490-4132 or

Think About It - fire fuels - Snap Crackle Pop

Time for another rant on reducing forest fuels. As Kaleden residents know, it is not just the approaching fire that is a threat - it is the sparks that can jump ahead of the fire up to 2km. Will that spark land on a lot that has been raked and cleared of excess fuel, or will it land on the carpet of dry needles and take off.

Many owners have too much fuel on their properties, and many trees too close to the cabin - I urge you not to ignore that . There is a community burn pile established to dispose of the fuels - use it, asap. Use common sense with unloading.

As of noon today, a campfire ban is in place for the South East Fire Centre.

With this recent hot dry spell, the village is very dry. The last couple of days I have been helping friends haul fuels from their property - in two years, the fuels amounted to 4 loads on my utility trailer.

Read it - if we all followed it to the letter, there would be few trees in the village, but we can do a lot of the recommended stuff and do a lot for protecting our village. Lots of standing dead trees.

Thanks to Ken, my utility trailer has new bearings, and I am more than willing to loan the trailer, a wheel barrow - rakes or whatever to other cabin owners wanting to clean up their properties.