Okanagan Mountain Fire Watch

A special high traffic / low bandwidth edition of Castanet.net

With a new fire season upon us, nine months since the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire, effective April 1, 2004 we will no longer post new Okanagan Mountain park fire stories on this page. 

Please check out our regular site at www.castanet.net for all the latest developments.  Rest assured, Castanet will provide around the clock coverage on this and other breaking local news.

Thanks to all of you who sent us your news tips, photos and words of encouragement.  You kept us going.

-The Staff of Castanet



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Photo Gallery

Fire Watch News Archive

Thank You List

Virtual Fire Tour by Navigator Multimedia

Daryl Taylor's "Time to Believe" Song
MediaButton Fire Video

Gary Filmon's Fire Review Website


Fire Poems & Reflections
International Media Coverage of the Fire




 T-Shirts/Hats/Posters etc   

School & Event Updates (disc. Sept 19)



Going Home - What to do after the fire  

What To Do, What Not to Do, Living with Wildfire



OK Fire Recovery Centre

Important Phone #s   

City of Kelowna Fire News
Interior Health
Provincial Emergency Program
CORD Regional Emergency Plan
CORD EOC Emergency Communications
BC Forests Wild Fires
RCMP News Releases
Kelowna Weather
Air Quality Index

Find your water provider  Black Mountain Irrigation
Federal Disaster Relief
Terasen Gas
Highway Report
DND - Operation Peregrine


Discussion Forum  

Chat Room  
Fire Fighter Chat  

Southslopes Web Site



AWIS Thermal Maps:
Okanagan Mountain Park
  (JPG 1.2MB) (PDF 2.0MB)
(Sept 8 - 1 am)
   Vaseux Lake
       (JPG 966K) (PDF 2.7MB)  
(Sept  2)

        AWIS Thermal Maps Archive

Time lapse AWIS Thermal Maps Small (GIF 388K) Large (GIF 1MB). 

Local close up thermal images Link

Kettle Valley Railway Map (Map 1 JPG 42K) (Map 2 GIF 87K)

NASA Realtime Satellite Images Pixel size: 1km | 500m | 250m (Sept 2)  Main Site Link   See also Link.

Map of Kelowna Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

Idabel Lake & Area  Map 1, Map 2, Map 3 

Virtual Tour of Fire Affected Areas

Incomplete Map of Fire Damaged Areas Aug 24 (PDF 322K)

Map of re-entry stages 1 through 7. (PDF 621K)


Fire Storm Hearing Audio Archive:

1. City of Kelowna and CORD presentation Nov 26th including Mayor Walter Gray, CORD's Robert Hobson and Fire Chief Zimmerman.  (MP3, 33 MB)

2. Full audio archive of Nov 26th presentations.  (MP3, 132 MB)

3 Full audio archive of Nov 27th presentations.  (MP3, 140 MB)

We have reduce the size of the downloads and improved the audio quality since its initial release.  Castanet Audio page link. (December  7  - 12:07 pm)

Donate Online, by Phone, at Bank

Red Cross 1-800-418-1111  (Funds Use Note)
Salvation Army 1-800-SAL ARMY
Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration
Acro Media Salvation Army Donation

Okanagan Fire Recovery Trust Fund - Any Scotiabank branch in Canada to account number 80150-00058-19.  See press release for more information.

Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Fund: Please make a cheque payable to "The City of Kelowna" and indicate "Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration" in the memo area.  Mail or drop off the cheque to 1435 Water Street Kelowna BC V1Y 1J4. You can also donate online.

The Central Okanagan Foundation
has a fire relief fund.  See full press release.






Forestry officials say whether the fire is completely out or not is not known as the fire can continue to burn underground.  If it is still burning it poses no threat. (November 25  - 7:55 am)

Okanagan Fire Recovery Centre

City Hall on Water Street

open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday


Services in the Okanagan Fire Recovery Centre include:
Damage assessment
Agency referral
Demolition permit information
Building permit information
Sewer connection and septic tank permit information



Important Phone Numbers

Public Information Line 868-2632

Report a Fire 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell to Forestry Officials

Red Cross Assistance 763-1859 ext. 215

Provincial Emergency Information Line 1-800-311-7044

Terasen Gas 1-888-224-2710

Black Mountain Irrigation District 765-5169

Wildlife problem 1-800-663-9453

Ambulance  860-0054 if 911 is busy


Thanks to Rackforce who powered our site during the height of the crisis on load balanced servers on their multi-homed network. 
Thanks all to Shaw Cable (Big Pipe) for their generous bandwidth donation so that we could continue to bring on going fire coverage.
Thanks to Okanagan Computer Solutions who provided countless hours of technical expertise during the fire.