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Old 08-13-2015, 11:24 PM   #11
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My buddy and his wife have abandoned their 19' Escape and 2015 Toyota Highlander at the Kettle River Provincial Park and are currently being bussed with other camper/evacuees to Midway. Fire is 350 hectares and zero per cent contained.
Don't know that I would abandon my truck and Escape in favour of taking a bus. I would have hitched up and left with my rig. I was cut off by a fire once before near Fort McMurray, AB and that time was asked to abandon my rental car. Had no stake in it so did not object. With my own vehicles, I may do things differently.
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I'm betting they didn't have a choice by that time.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:31 PM   #13
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We hitched up and took off to Kelowna just in time. We feel so fortunate. We feel so bad for all the other campers. We did talk to the host before we left the campground and warned him of the fire.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:39 PM   #14
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They had no choice. The first text I got from him at 2:53 said "we are on our way out". Second, at 3:30 said "we had to abandon the whole rig and marshal at the river by the bridge".
Heard another camper interviewed on CBC. He drove through the flames on both sides of the access road. He was very emotional, shaken by the experience and worried about those behind him.
They were lucky they could cross the river and walk out.
Last I heard they were on a bus to Midway at 4:35 and his cell battery was dead.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:11 AM   #15
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Global is reporting that propane cylinders have been heard exploding. According to Global, Vicki Gee, regional director for the Kootenay Boundary Regional District says she’s heard reports that the campground and several homes have been destroyed but this is unconfirmed.

Fire is now 750 hectares, doesn't look good for those who had to leave their trailers and possessions behind.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:23 AM   #16
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Some relevant links:
Rock Creek and Westbridge evacuated; 750 hectare fire threatens homes | Globalnews.ca

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Old 08-14-2015, 12:34 AM   #17
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My God. My God.
I was just there.
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My God. My God.
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So sorry to see this happening . Hope everyone is safe . It looks very scary and puts what is important in perspective . Pat and Linda
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Something to think about.
I got first message from my buddy about pulling out at 2:53 and another that they were out and being taken to Midway at 3:30. His cell battery was dying. I've sent a couple texts and haven't heard back by 10:45 pm. I would assume his charger is in the trailer, back at the camp, or that cell towers in the area are down.
This is only a fire in a fairly unpopulated area of BC. Imagine the big quake in a populated area like Vancouver.
We really do need to be prepared, as best we can be.

This is campers at the river edge before they walked out to safety.
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? Would the typical trailer insurance policy cover losses due to a forest fire.

I'll have to dig out our policy.
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