On this day in 2003 the Okanagen Fire started in the interior of BC. By the time this interface fire was over over 30,000 people have been affected and over 200 homes destroyed. This fire created one of the largest evacuations in Canadian history. The final size of the fire was over 225 square kilometers or 61,000 acres. ARES units from around the Province participated along with 60 fire departments, 1400 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and over 1,000 forest fire fighters..
The RAC AGM will be held in Marritt Hall at the Ancaster Fair Grounds in Jerseyville Ontario at 1pm on Saturday October 5th 2013. For more information on the agenda, check the RAC report for August 2013.
The August monthly meeting will be held Thursday Aug 22 2013 at 1900 hrs. The location will be the Nanaimo EOC at #1 Firehall on Fitzwilliam Street. Please remember to bring your handbook. ID will be required for entry.
A large SET involving MARS members and amateur operators in Asia will be held on August 26th Dubbed Pacific Endevour-13 by the US Department of Defense it will test communication capability across the Pacific. For more information go to
New Zealand continues to be hit by earthquakes, damage is now report. Fore more information go to
While there was some hope the hot springs at Hot Spring Island in the Haid Gwaii National Park would return those hopes are dimming. The effects of the last October’s earthquake are still being felt. This is yet another reminder that preparation is key to major natural events and the recovery period may be long. It is wonderful that this negative impact is “minor.” I just wonder how many people will learn from this, get prepared and realize the recovery from a catastrophic event doesn’t happen over night.
The Red Cross has produced a new app to help people prepare for a disaster. To see a press release on this go to
The Province of BC is under a thunderstorm watch. The Okanagen and other parts of the Province remain under a severe thunderstorm watch. Check your local forecast.
Enviornment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Chilliwack area. There is a possibility of damaging winds and hail.
At roughly 10:06 UTC Aug 10th an earthquake occurred in the Pacific off the Oregon coast.. For full particulars go to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000j06u#summary