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Old 08-14-2015, 10:47 PM   #31
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Larry - when we were at Kokanee Creek in early July it was quite exciting watching the helicopters dipping water out of the lake to fight the fires above Nelson. We could see smoke and flames one afternoon which was a little nerve wracking but apparently it was a couple ridge lines away.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:51 PM   #32
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We saw two of the campers who were camped at Kettle River campground with their 19ft escape trailer.We met them near Winlaw and they stopped and chatted with us. They were the second to last campers to get their rigs out. We were so glad to see they made it out safe and sound. They were camped across the road from us.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:30 PM   #33
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These kinds of threads make my skin crawl. For many people, not just Escape owners, this kinda of "critical incident" can happen just about anytime.

In Oregon, we have three stages, Get Ready, Set, GO!

Get Ready: gather all the important stuff
Set: get your important stuff into trailers/cars, etc.
GO: LEAVE NOW!

These notifications can come from the Forest Service, state police... etc.

Pay attention!
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:12 AM   #34
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We've moved into the hilly area close to the entrance of Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge. Now we can worry about forest fires coming down the mountain while we are home and forest fires while we are on the road camping.

‘Protect us’ from wild fire say Maple Ridge residents - Maple Ridge News
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:50 AM   #35
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It might be wise not to drive through the mountains to go camping when this sort of risk exists. Of course, that means you can't go from October to May (risk of snow and ice), in June or July (flooding and mudslides), or August or September (fires). Since that leaves zero "safe" time, it seems to me that the reasonable approach is to go when you want to, and check local conditions immediately before heading into any specific area... and be prepared to leave when directed to do so.
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Old 08-15-2015, 02:12 AM   #36
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Day before the fire at Rock Creek I asked my buddy if there were sites available and he advised me that it was too hot, water in the river too low and that they were planning to leave in a couple days.

So, we're gonna head to Vancouver Island, since it is surrounded by water.

Actually, it has it's own fires, and no water.
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News tonight reporting 200 homes evacuated in Oliver with new fires from lightening strikes. Osoyoos ( home of the Escape Rally ) is between Rock Creek and Oliver and currently there is another fire south of it.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ions-1.3192266
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Have been in contact with my gf who lives in Oliver---fire is across from her but hopefully not too close that she is in danger--She has some stuff put together and will use her "15B escape to Escape if needed...
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Here is an update from the Oliver News. It looks like good news.
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Global is reporting that campers are being let back to the campsite in groups of 10 to retrieve their belongings. According to Global, the RCMP report that the campsites that were burnt in the fire were closer to the entrance and Highway 33.
Makes sense as the campsites closer to the river have more lush vegetation and the ones closer to the highway are in open Ponderosa Pine forest.

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