Glenrosa Forest Fire on Mount Drought near Kelowna

Contact numbers Accommodation -For accommodation, donations or to provide volunteer assistance call: (778) 797-2269. Air quality -If the public wants to know the Air Quality Health Index for their region, log on to www.airhealthbc.ca or call (250) 952-2039. -For those with less severe respiratory symptoms, there are several walk in clinics open today in Kelowna, […]

Written By Clayton Kessler

On July 18, 2009
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Contact numbers
Accommodation
-For accommodation, donations or to provide volunteer assistance call: (778) 797-2269.
Air quality
-If the public wants to know the Air Quality Health Index for their region, log on to www.airhealthbc.ca or call (250) 952-2039.
-For those with less severe respiratory symptoms, there are several walk in clinics open today in Kelowna, including Mission Medical Centre. This can save valuable emergency room time. For more info regarding health concerns please call (250) 868-8222.
Evacuation information
-If you have questions or concerns about the evacuation or evacuation alerts, call (250) 469-8490.
Pets/animals
-For help with pets in West Kelowna: BCSPCA (250) 861-7722.
-If you need a place for horses call Kim at (250) 215-0144 or SPCA at 250-861-7722 and if you have a place for horses call (250) 503-8859.
Traffic
-Information on road closures near the wildfire: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure 1-800-550-4997.
holly@kelowna.com/(250) 575-0613
ation, donations or to provide volunteer assistance call: (778) 797-2269.
Air quality
-If the public wants to know the Air Quality Health Index for their region, log on to www.airhealthbc.ca or call (250) 952-2039.
Evacuation information
-If you have questions or concerns about the evacuation or evacuation alerts, call (250) 469-8490.
Pets/animals
-For help with pets in West Kelowna: BCSPCA (250) 861-7722.
-If you need a place for horses call Kim at (250) 215-0144 or SPCA at 250-861-7722 and if you have a place for horses call (250) 503-8859.
Traffic
-Information on road closures near the wildfire: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure 1-800-550-4997.
holly@kelowna.com/(250) 575-0613

No more updates as of 5PM here. I just got called out by Search and Rescue to help out with evacuations.

The entire area of Glenrosa is being evacuated. Structures have caught fire. Residents of Kelowna and West Kelowna – stay away and let emergency people do their work.

See map of the area below.

Some folks are refusing to leave their residences. In some areas near the road close to Gormans, the fire is 30 feet from the road.

Turnball, Gates and other roads near Gormans on Glenrosa Road have been evacuated.

Glenrosa Rd. has been closed and several local roads off of Glenrosa have been notified to evacuate.

As my wife and I enjoyed a view this afternoon on Knox Mountain, we noticed a flume of smoke in the Glenrosa area. Within minutes we could easily confirm it was a forest fire as the strong breeze pushed flames up Mount Drought. As we drove down Knox mountain B103 was the only radio station that had someone in the news department reporting on the fire. Mount Drought has a well known called Mount Drought Trail as well as the Telemark Trails on the top. Of course many country homes are in the area. The water bombers are on it and if the wind dies down they may be able to make some headway. If not, evacuations will be inevitable.


View Glenrosa fire on Mount Drought in a larger map

2 Comments

  1. gaarr

    ya well we were up at a beach and we saw all this smoke and stuff and we looked around the corner and there was a big fire and we saw a little bit of flames in kelowna

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  2. Leonard and Alice Kessler

    Dear Clayton and family, We are so glad to hear from you that everyone is safe and sound. We first started hearing about the Glenrosa Forest Fire at about 3:PM Saturday on Global TV., and called your house and found you gone. I guess you had already been called by Search and Rescue.
    Being so far away and not knowing for sure where you all were….well it sends me to my knees to pray for you and all concerned in the Kelowna area, the people living nearest to the fire and all the Firefighters and the people who lost their homes.
    Its shocking to think how fast a quiet afternoon can change… Love you all,
    Mom and Dad K.

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