Fire History in the Okanagan


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Okanagan Fire History


Fire History in the Okanagan

A look at the forest fire data from 1984 to 2007

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K60034


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 23, 1984Size: 145.1 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Fire Use

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V10016


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 26, 1984Size: 39.8 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Equipment

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K60167


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: October 8, 1984Size: 40.8 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Fire Use

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K60029 - Pesayton Valley


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 15, 1984Size: 2,285.2 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Campfire "May Contain Fire Soon"PRINCETON, BC – A large forest fire burning just 700 metres from the Canada-United States border may be contained by Friday if winds remain calm and the temperatures cooler, a spokesman for the Forest Service said today.The fire, which has covered almost 20 square kilometers, is 23 kilometers long and spokesman Tom Lacey said it has burned enough lumber to construct 13,000 houses.No settlements are endangered by the fire that is believed to have been started by human carelessness. A second forest fire is raging out of control in Darke Lake Provincial Park, about 50 kilometers from Summerland in the southern Okanagan Valley.Although the fire, which now covers 60 hectares, spread quickly Wednesday night, forest technician Maurice Davidson said it was moving more slowly Thursday through the densely forested area.Daily Courier - July 19, 1984

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K60048


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 26, 1984Size: 88.3 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Lightning

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K50039 - Darke Lake


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 18, 1984Size: 111.6 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Incendiary"Fire out of control north of Summerland"A 150 acre forest fire was still raging out of control this morning in Darke Lake Provincial Park, 30 to 40 miles by road north of Summerland by the east side of Okanagan Lake.Twenty firefighters, assisted by an airborne crew of five, five bulldozers and air tankers dropping fire retardant, have been fighting the fire since it was spotted Wednesday afternoon.Maurice Davidson, a forest technician with the Penticton forest district office, says the fire is burning in a densely forested area along “fairly difficult” terrain.Although the fire had spread rapidly Wednesday evening, Davidon says it was moving slowly this morning. He expects fire crews sill have it contained and under control by this evening.An initial attack crew of 1- was immediately sent to the fire from Penticton. They are being assisted by an additional crew of 10, and another 12 firefighters were being rounded up today to join them.The airborne crew, a specially-trained group which works out of helicopters, was being used to fight spot fires thrown off by the main fire.After the fire has been brought under control, a mop-up crew will be left at the sight until the fire is considered dead. Davidson says the cause of the fire has not been determined.But with no evidence of lightning in the area, it was “very possibly” caused by campers, he says.The fire hazard in the south Okanagan is extremely high, he added, and there is a campfire ban in effect.Daily Courier - July 19, 1984“Forest fire under control”A forest fire which raged for several days in Darke Lake Provincial Park near Summerland, last week us under control and in the mop-up stage today.Tim Mottishaw, a forest technician with the Penticton office of the Forest Service, says 31 men are still working at the site and will be doing the dirty job of “mopping up” the remaining hot spots.They are assisted by four skidder-tanker units (skidders equipped with water tanks and pumps) and one fire helicopter.Mottishaw says they could be at the site for up to a week yet, but there is very little danger of the fire flaring up again.During the five days since the fire was spotted Wednesday afternoon, the fire burned more than a 150-acre region northeast of Summerland.Fire crews managed to contain the blaze, but not control it, but completing a fire guard around it Friday morning.High winds and lack of rain hindered efforts to control the fire and put it out quickly.The cost of the firefighting effort will not be known until later today or tomorrow, says Mottishaw.The massive Pesayton Valley forest fire is also under control – one week after it broke out south of Princeton.Daily Courier – July 23, 1984

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K60034


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 23, 1984Size: 145.1 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Fire Use

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V10016


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 26, 1984Size: 39.8 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Equipment

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K60167


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: October 8, 1984Size: 40.8 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Fire Use

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K60029 - Pesayton Valley


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 15, 1984Size: 2,285.2 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Campfire "May Contain Fire Soon"PRINCETON, BC – A large forest fire burning just 700 metres from the Canada-United States border may be contained by Friday if winds remain calm and the temperatures cooler, a spokesman for the Forest Service said today.The fire, which has covered almost 20 square kilometers, is 23 kilometers long and spokesman Tom Lacey said it has burned enough lumber to construct 13,000 houses.No settlements are endangered by the fire that is believed to have been started by human carelessness. A second forest fire is raging out of control in Darke Lake Provincial Park, about 50 kilometers from Summerland in the southern Okanagan Valley.Although the fire, which now covers 60 hectares, spread quickly Wednesday night, forest technician Maurice Davidson said it was moving more slowly Thursday through the densely forested area.Daily Courier - July 19, 1984

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K60048


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 26, 1984Size: 88.3 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Lightning

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K50039 - Darke Lake


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 18, 1984Size: 111.6 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Incendiary"Fire out of control north of Summerland"A 150 acre forest fire was still raging out of control this morning in Darke Lake Provincial Park, 30 to 40 miles by road north of Summerland by the east side of Okanagan Lake.Twenty firefighters, assisted by an airborne crew of five, five bulldozers and air tankers dropping fire retardant, have been fighting the fire since it was spotted Wednesday afternoon.Maurice Davidson, a forest technician with the Penticton forest district office, says the fire is burning in a densely forested area along “fairly difficult” terrain.Although the fire had spread rapidly Wednesday evening, Davidon says it was moving slowly this morning. He expects fire crews sill have it contained and under control by this evening.An initial attack crew of 1- was immediately sent to the fire from Penticton. They are being assisted by an additional crew of 10, and another 12 firefighters were being rounded up today to join them.The airborne crew, a specially-trained group which works out of helicopters, was being used to fight spot fires thrown off by the main fire.After the fire has been brought under control, a mop-up crew will be left at the sight until the fire is considered dead. Davidson says the cause of the fire has not been determined.But with no evidence of lightning in the area, it was “very possibly” caused by campers, he says.The fire hazard in the south Okanagan is extremely high, he added, and there is a campfire ban in effect.Daily Courier - July 19, 1984“Forest fire under control”A forest fire which raged for several days in Darke Lake Provincial Park near Summerland, last week us under control and in the mop-up stage today.Tim Mottishaw, a forest technician with the Penticton office of the Forest Service, says 31 men are still working at the site and will be doing the dirty job of “mopping up” the remaining hot spots.They are assisted by four skidder-tanker units (skidders equipped with water tanks and pumps) and one fire helicopter.Mottishaw says they could be at the site for up to a week yet, but there is very little danger of the fire flaring up again.During the five days since the fire was spotted Wednesday afternoon, the fire burned more than a 150-acre region northeast of Summerland.Fire crews managed to contain the blaze, but not control it, but completing a fire guard around it Friday morning.High winds and lack of rain hindered efforts to control the fire and put it out quickly.The cost of the firefighting effort will not be known until later today or tomorrow, says Mottishaw.The massive Pesayton Valley forest fire is also under control – one week after it broke out south of Princeton.Daily Courier – July 23, 1984

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K50097 - Marron Valley


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 21, 1985Size: 707.1 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Miscellaneous"Fire west of Penticton raging out of control"A forest fire spotted in the Marron Valley west of Penticton Sunday night had, by this morning, raced out of control across 230 hectares (640 acres).Ninety firefighters dispatched out of the Penticton Forest District office, assisted by bulldozers, air tankers and one helicopter are working on the fire.A guard has been placed around two-thirds of the fire, said a BC Forest Service official, but it continues to spread slowly and gusty winds are expected to hamper efforts to contain it. Cause of the fire is under investigation.Four other fires, none considered dangerous are burning in the district.In the Vernon Forest District, one new fire was spotted during the last 48 hours, bringing to 26 the number still burning.Only one of them, a one-hectare bush fire, is considered serious.A campfire ban remains in effect in both districts, and the fire hazard is extreme throughout the valley.Forests Minister Tom Waterland has appealed to drivers and forest users to be especially cautious and to use car ashtrays for matches and cigarettes......According to the forest service spokesman, the haze which reddened sunrise and sunsets in the Okanagan last weekend was due to a 1,200-hectare fire burning just north of North Bend in the Fraser Canyon area.Daily Courier - July 22, 1985

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N50099


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 9, 1985Size: 1,038.4 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Lightning

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K50139


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: August 31, 1985Size: 72.1 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Smoker

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K50033


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: June 16, 1985Size: 88.3 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Campfire

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K50101


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 30, 1987Size: 33.4 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Smoker

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K50137


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: August 27, 1985Size: 53.5 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Fire Use

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K50002


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: August 20, 1985Size: 180.1 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Fire Use"Fire Hazard High"...a 300 acre (125 hectare) fire on the Penticton Indian Reserve is being mopped up by a 17 person crew, assisted by two tank trucks, a D-17 bulldozer and an excavator.The fire, which began in a smouldering sawdust pile Friday afternoon, required a crew of 70 to bring it under control by Sunday morning.The fire was almost under control Saturday, said Watson, when it flared up during the afternoon.Watson described the burned-out area as sem open pine forest and grassland. It burned into the nearby Indian Band village, he said, but no buildings were damaged. Daily Courier - July 2, 1985

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N50103


Fire History in the Okanagan

Discovered: July 9, 1985Size: 215.4 HectaresSpeculated Cause: Lightning

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