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Massive Canadian Wildfires 2017

Jetzguy 

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 00:58 CET

Our area of Canada is under massive attack from forest fires at this time. Over 45,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes. The fires are still burning out of control and more are igniting each day. With a long very hot fire season ahead of us I can only hope for some rain and some good luck for our people.

Here are a few shots of the fires I took while under evacuation order. I am one of the lucky ones and was recently allowed to return to a home that is still standing.

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Oliver Louis 

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 15:18 CET

Terrifiying pictures. Beautiful landscape in the foreground, sea of flames in the background...my thoughts to all people who have to leave their homes.

Dmitry Yakovlev 
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 20:24 CET

Dramatic and frightful view! such a calamity for the forest, wildlife and people... Hope the rains will come soon.

By the way, what is the purpose of colouring the water that is dropped over the fire? Or is it some fire extinguishing agent added to the water that colours it?

Jetzguy 

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 21:53 CET

Fire retardants applied to wildfires are usually a mixture of water and chemicals designed to wet the area as well as chemically retard a fire's progression through the vegetation. Typically it is colored red so that the application area can be seen from the air. Phos-Chek is a brand of long-term retardant currently approved for wildland fire use. Some retardant acts as a fireblock as well as fertilizer to aid in growth after the fire is out. You can see how visible they are from the air for the water bomber pilots.

As you can see from these pictures the retardant lines stopped the triangle fire from spreading. The yellow Electra seen dropping in front of the advancing flames is building a fire guard to prevent the fire from spreading further down the mountain. The last one of the P-3 dropping is simply building a fire guard to protect a building.

A side note is that retardant drops are always ahead of the fire not on them. They do not put the fire out. They can only help contain or slow the fire's advance or movement. If they can steer the fire towards a lake, away from a home or into a forest with no homes it is a huge benefit even if they are unable to stop the fire at that time.

Water drops from aircraft and helicopters are used to directly fight the fire to put it out, to cool it down so ground crew can fight it in safety or to wet down areas directly ahead of the fire to prevent it from from combusting. To make the water more effective they can added foaming agents to make the water hold together and last longer before it dries up or runs off.

PS I obtained these 3 photos from the web to illustrate. I did not take them personally.

Thanks guys for your comments.

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Lars van Zundert 

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 02:05 CET

Wow, that's awful. Unfortunatelly my holiday to Canada was cancelled due to these wildfires. Hope everything will be alright in a short amount of time.

Jetzguy 

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 19:39 CET

Fireboss reloaded and turning to hit the beast behind him.

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Jetzguy 

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Posted 1 August 2017 - 19:42 CET

Loading up for another 3100 L water drop.

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Jetzguy 

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Posted 7 August 2017 - 21:25 CET

A Fireboss air tanker on floats passes the raging wildfire at close range. Note the flames reflected on the aircraft. A Lockheed L-188 Electra water bomber is seen operating at low level under a nasty fire plume approaching for another retardant drop.

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Jetzguy 

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 06:10 CET

A pilot controls his main rotor to prevent damage from other helicopters rotor wash as they land to refuel. After a quick lunch it is back to work fighting the raging wildfires.

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Jetzguy 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 20:52 CET

Some current wildfire pictures from our area. Over 300 structures lost so far and sadly, more to come.

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Jetzguy 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 22:32 CET

This poor guy...he was ok...then some embers landed starting a grass fire ahead of the main fire and that was the end of that cottage. Wildfire is a lot like war. Either it's your time or it's not. Sometimes there is not much you can do when wind and weather take over. The lucky guy to the right still stands after a massive deployment of water from the local fire department and BC Wildfire crews. They saved 770 homes in the area that day. Great work guys!

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Jetzguy 

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 20:03 CET

This is just one of the massive wildfires raging in our province right now.

Last updated: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Location: Cariboo Region of British Columbia Canada

Fire Size: 163,221 hectares or 403,327 acres!!!

Resources:

• 613 firefighters

• 23 helicopters

• 135 pieces of heavy equipment (bulldozers etc)

The firefighters include BC Wildfire Service, out of province, out of country and contract crews. Airtankers are assisting ground crews. There are structure protection personnel (local fire departments) through the Office of the Fire Commissioner working on this fire.

Nigel Paine 
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 16:13 CET

403,000 acre fire........ I think my home county is about 440,000 acres and trying to imagine a fire that large and attempting to control it is truly mind boggling. Hope things pan out OK for you, Jetz.

Jetzguy 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 17:54 CET

Thanks for the comment and good wishes Nigel.

Another fire near by:

Last updated: Monday, August 14, 2017 at 9:47 AM

Size: 193,894.0 hectares or 477000 acres.

Another fire:

Last updated: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Size: 121,759.0 hectares or 300000 acres.

Heavy smoke all the time and 30 plus degree Temps for almost 6 weeks now. Our worst fire season ever. Over $300 million spent so far this summer fighting the beasts. We need Darko Meretic and his Croatian fire crew to come over and help :-)

Jetzguy 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 18:12 CET

News story:

British Columbia is poised to face its worst wildfire season as flames scorch thousands of hectares of land and costs rise to deal with the devastation. BC Wildfire Service spokesman said an estimated 8,450 square kilometres of forest, brush and grassland has been burned since the start of the wildfire season on April 1. 154 wildfires are burning across the province and the firefighting price tag has passed $309 million. The largest wildfire now covers 2,120 square kilometre.

Jetzguy 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 18:19 CET

An overview of BC showing the various fires.

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