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Smoke in Osoyoos

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Smoke in Osoyoos

Hi, we're travelling from the UK to BC in one week and have planned to have five nights in Osoyoos as we explore BC. We're aware that smoke from the wild fires is affecting some areas more than others, can anyone tells us how badly affected Osoyoos is?

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1. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

Hi Nick ~

Welcome to the forum. There are 3 topics listed in the main page of the OK Valley forum that contain a fair bit of info about the fires and links to check official resources. Here is the OKV forum main page for you to find and open those 3 links:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g15072…

Post again if you need more specific info.

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2. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

it is like asking if it is going to be sunny and 35C a whole week from now.

Bright blue skies last couple of days and the fire that caused a lot of smoke is well contained and people returning to their homes. https://www.castanet.net/ for local news

The Challenge race (ironman) is on this morning; the jets are leaving contrails; the birds are chirping etc......

BUT nobody can predict lightning strikes.

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everything should be clear by Sunday. Cooler weather and rain in the forecast

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4. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

There is a 19,000 acre fire burning west of Osoyoos, south of the US border (roughly SW of Keremeos). Smoke from that may well end up in the Okanagan with the return to normal wind patterns.

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5. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

Check out this map NASA made. I have a trip scheduled there but I am not so sure..

https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/?p=geographic&l=VIIRS_SNPP_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor(hidden),MODIS_Aqua_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor(hidden),MODIS_Terra_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor,MODIS_Fires_Terra,Reference_Labels,Reference_Features,Coastlines&t=2017-09-02&z=3&v=-122.06608890348242,47.84785972723247,-117.56924598596906,50.04674240473722&ab=off&as=2017-07-08&ae=2017-07-16&av=2.5&al=true

Edited: 04 September 2017, 01:38
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6. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

The smoke comes and goes; it all depends on the wind and which pocket of the valley you stay in,

and some human cause fire started up in Peachland yesterday afternoon - kind of hard to predict idiots doing stupid things,

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7. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

Its so variable depending on the wind. That NASA map is good, you can see where the fires are located and so it gives you a sense of how a change in wind direction will affect different areas. News this morning was saying that there's been a change in the wind overnight so that the Elephant Hill smoke is blowing into Kamloops again.

https://tinyurl.com/ycelemvt

Another good thing to check are the Drive BC webcams. These show you the actual visibility. Do a Google search for "Osoyous Web Cams" and just see what comes up. We're heading to Penticton ourselves next week. We're going regardless, but the smoke situation will probably determine if we bother to take our bikes or not. Don't want to cycle if the smoke is thick.

Just looking at the webcams now - Kaleden is clear, a faint distant haze. Anarchist Summit is the same, good visability. Keremeos looks smokey, especially towards the west (Hedley). There isn't a camera right in Osoyous on Drive BC, but it looks promising for the valley.

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8. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

Aha! the wonders of the internet!

http://www.sunnyosoyoos.com/

And look at this GORGEOUS morning view!

www.safaribeachresort.com/content/web-cam

That's live.

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9. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

https:/…bc-84_metric_e.html is a good place to find out about how bad the smoke is or going to be.

Look for direction of wind and for visibility (in Kms.)

with the Diamond Creek Fires a SW wind will push the wind up the valley - a West wind in the Osoyoos area

at 20+ km visibility you can see from Downtown Penticton to the top of the Mountains above the landfill site on the east side of town. Which was the conditions that had 1,200 athletes do a long course triathlon for the World Championship last weekend.

AND

we will see if more idiots head out to the back country this weekend and start new fires like they did yesterday PM west of Peachland. http://www.castanet.net/

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10. Re: Smoke in Osoyoos

Here is a tinyurl for the dead link in Ketch's post:

http://tinyurl.com/ycelemvt

Just an observation though. This OP posted over a month ago and has come and gone now.

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