Pro - Version 8'
- Wildfire Response -
'Incident Commander Pro' used to Evacuate 30,000 People
Forest Fire destroys homes on Okanagan Mountain
Raging Forest Fire cause 30,000 Kelowna Residents to Flee.
Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
|Resident watches as homes blaze across Lake Okanagan|
B.C.'s premier declares a State of Emergency as wild land fires rage across central British Columbia. Police, Firefighters, Military Personnel and SAR volunteers are called into active service.
In one of the longest and hottest summers in decades over 600 wild land fires forced approximately 30,000 residents from Kelowna and 8,000 residents from other towns in central British Columbia, to be evacuated from their homes.
strikes on Okanagan Mountain Park, directly above the city of Kelowna, caused
the tinder dry forest to burst into flames. As these flames approached the city
emergency personnel initially put the public on one-hour evacuation
notice. However during the night of August 22nd the winds
picked up speed and quickly fanned the fire towards the southern outskirts of
the blaze swept from treetop to treetop, exploding houses in itís path,
emergency personnel ordered the immediate evacuation of over 16,000 residents,
joining another 10,000 people that had been evacuated the previous day.
and search and rescue personnel immediately began the massive evacuation of all
the public from within the threatened areas. As the incident developed a four-computer
network of the 'Incident Commander Pro'
software was installed and used to check-in all SAR personnel, and
to manage the creation and deployment of all their field assignments.
Despite the heat, smoke and traffic jams police and SAR personnel performed one of the largest and fastest evacuations undertaken in Canadian history, with over 16,000 people being safely evacuated from their homes over a 16 hour period.
fire rapidly swept through southern Kelowna, jumping from treetop to treetop,
traveling at a speed of 300ft per minute, destroying over 200 homes in upscale
neighborhoods and lighting the night sky with a 300ft high wall of flame.
As the fire abated hundreds of volunteers, including emergency social services and search and rescue teams, worked around the clock for almost a week, caring for the evacuated and helping to secure the fire-torn and fire-threatened areas.
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