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Old 07-10-2017, 02:54 PM
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A bit over a week ago we had some of the hottest days of summer we usually have. Problem with that is this year the bush went very quickly to late August dry and brown before the first of July. Fire danger went to extreme very quickly.

Sure enough the first Sunday of July the area got scattered thunderstorms and lightning. And of course lightning fires. The worst in this area seems to be about 250 kilometers from us, just on the far side of where Mother-in-law lives. Bad enough that her power has been out sporadically for a week now as they battle flames. Wind changes and such have made the fire close the road on the far side of MIL. Burning the asphalt to black gravel. in places.

MIL is actually on the other side of the long slender lake from the fire. MIL and Wildcats aunt have been poised to evacuate to our place with there livestock all this time. Everything depends on the fire and road closures and other restrictions by authorities.

Being life long "bush people" they are doing quite well with hand pump water well, small generator, out house and there preps.

We are ready with housing for them and one of there neighbors plus livestock if they do need to leave. So far only a small area has been ordered evacuated. Some bigger ranchers in there area have elected to stay with there livestock having made preps with plowed fire breaks, using irrigation equipment to sprinkle where needed, and providing DNA swabs.. Some have been through this before.

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Old 07-10-2017, 07:23 PM
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We went through that last year, and we had a big fire in 1996. We had livestock and sled dogs to move; the livestock and the wife, daughter and two sons went with the livestock to one location, while the dogs, one son and one daughter went to another location. One son and myself stayed with the place to try to protect it and prevent looting. The power was off due to the fire, so we had battery-powered lights and radio, bottled drinking water and water from the lake for washing and flushing. We communicated via ham radio since the phones were problematic, and all the folks who relied on cell phones found out quickly that they don't work when the phone system is down (that seems to be where they got their power for the most part-from the low-voltage telephone lines)...some may on solar now, but I don't know. I know the Yukon has a wonderful repeater setup for two meters, but I know little about B.C. If where you are is set up like the Yukon, it would be worth your while to be in m radio.

Good luck with the fire response. I dread the fire season every year. My advice would be to move the livestock to your place as soon as convenient, as moving animals when everyone is trying to evacuate is problematic.
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:28 PM
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Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Flooding & Droughts are all problems we have to contends with years in and year out, but thankfully Forest Fires, are a real rarity down here. We do have grass fires and occasionally a small fire will break out to burn a few acres before it is contained, but a true Forest Fire is not something that really gives us much trouble. But considering the fact this entire state could be placed in the middle of some of your forests it is not that difficult to understand why a Forest Fire is low on the list of priorities we try and prepare for.

They can be a real disaster for those in their path, and I hope the fire fighters get it under control quickly before it can damage any farms, ranches, homes or communities.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:24 PM
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Latest update from news and MIL is that things are "static" I believe was the term used. Meaning not better, but not worse.

A couple small towns and villages near MIL are totally empty of people. Just RCMP patrols. People evacuated are being housed at the local university and provincial college buildings and dorms.

A real problem has been a couple large "sub stations" for telephone, internet and such as that... Trouble keeping fuel and portable irrigation sprinklers going for the banks of big Caterpillar generators that sustain them. Hydro (Provincial power company) has crews and material stockpiled to replace a couple hundred kilometers of grid that needs replaced. Not counting how much service lines.

Hot, dry, but calm winds so forestry has been able to back fire some fire breaks a kilometer wide and how long in places that will free equipment and man power for other places. Big 4 engine water bombers the size of C130s, but not C130s, are every 10 minutes or so in and out of our airport as other airports and fuel is not available. Baby steps maybe, but progress none the less..

Here in our part of the bush we are still prepared to accept 5-6 people and a dozen or so head of live stock as needed.
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We're certainly thinking of you and the MIL!
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Update from MIL.. They have power for the last day and half or so. Reports are everything is static. Back fire in there area went well the reports say. So they are still on "stand by"

Reports coming through of the 5-6 communities that are any where from total evacuated to some portion of partial evacuation there have been a dozen or more looters other thieves caught so far.

RCMP went to the nearest First Nations (Indian) reservation community to advise evacuation.. About 300 or so people.. They refused to evacuate or cooperate in any way. Cops said they would put up a road block to the area to keep people out of more dangerous areas.. Tribal leaders said they would put up road blocks next to the cop road blocks. And to expect "resistance" if anyone crossed.. They have done this before when there was fire danger. It is said hoping to burn the community housing and get new housing it is said. Not wise in my opinion, but there decision..

Our part of the bush has been cooler with smoke haze, overcast, and an afternoon rain shower of 6 to 15 mm for the last 3 days now.
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