UPDATES From Anarchist Mountain Fire Department

No changes to where we are at with the fire since yesterday. Things have remained relatively calm, but we never know when a wind can change things. So, for now, we take it day by day and will keep you posted as to when it is safe to return home. We have new resources today from Mexico!

To our Mexican crew: ¡bienvenido! Estamos muy contentos de que estés aquí! Muchas gracias.

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Anarchist Mountain Fire Department

Evacuation ORDERS are still in place for RDOS Area A – both sides of highway. Barricades are in place on all areas under evacuation order. Patrols by RCMP and Penticton Security continue. Our firefighters are also making the rounds, checking neighbourhoods, so your property has watchful eyes on it (even Kaya the Search Dog is “sniffing things out”) Please go to the RDOS or RDKB EOC websites for current updates on alert status. Better yet, sign up for notifications. You can choose your notification preference – sign up for CivicReady on RDOS and Voyent Alert on RDKB.

💥Remember: if you are back on your property during an evacuation order, our members need to check in on you. This takes them away from other more important tasks. We know this is hard, but PLEASE stay away until the order is rescinded.

Today we want to send many thanks to Tom, a Structure Protection Specialist with BC Wildfire Service. With 45 years in the fire service, and 35 years as the Structure Protection Branch Director, we feel very lucky to have had him here, helping us navigate the protection of our homes and dealing with the Nk’Mip Fire on Anarchist Mountain.

Tom was also at the Lytton fire, so he hasn’t had much of a rest! When you see those photos where a fire has gone through, but buildings are standing – that is structure protection. Structure Protection crews do the triaging of homes and the preventative work to make sure homes have what they need to be as protected as possible. The crews that have been helping us here have worked long, hard days, and just keep going.

When asked about how our community ranks for fire protection, Tom said that Anarchist Mountain is one of the better communities he has seen. He encourages residents to continue on with FireSmart and educate ourselves on how we can do the most to protect our homes.

💥FIRESMART IS THE #1 WAY TO PROTECT YOUR HOME

💥Tom wanted to thank AMFD for being great hosts and having such a great working relationship that was “seamless”. It was Tom’s last day on the mountain, and he was such a pleasure to work with.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM Anarchist Mountain Fire Department:

Anarchist Mountain Fire Department

Anarchist Mountain Fire Department

IMPORTANT NOTICE: At this time no one is allowed to return to their homes while the Evacuation Order is in effect (this includes our department family members as well).

If you have an emergency situation such as requiring medications that may have been left behind, please contact Fire Chief Urs Grob for assistance.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO THE AREA. Thank you for your patience while we try to do everything possible to keep your properties safe.

We know that everyone would like to have current updates on fire status. What we can say is – so far, so good….NO structural loss. The crews have worked really hard on putting out spot fires and continue with structural protection. But, as we have said before, a wind change could stir things up. So, knowing how hard it is for everyone to be displaced, hang in there! We have gotten through one more day without structure loss and that is something we take with gratitude. There are new crews on site today from all over, and we love them being here!

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Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Working Hard:

We are trying hard to keep you informed so that you know what is happening on the mountain. Because we are all multi-tasking, you may not hear anything for a period of time. Rest assured….no news is good news! It was a relatively calm night with some progress made, BUT with a fire, things could change quickly – which is why evacuation orders remain in effect in this area. The AMFD crew was pleased with their efforts last night. These guys and gals work tirelessly for 12+ hour shifts.

It has been a busy day with crews continuing to do structure protection and fire guards. We are very grateful for the long days that our mutual aid crews and contractors provide.

We are receiving a lot of questions about how one can help out. First of all, our fire crews from here and elsewhere love hearing your words of support – we do read them! Secondly, we have had a lot of donations of food, beverages, etc. and we greatly appreciate it. Right now, we have good stock with what we have, as our ability to store extra things is limited. We will reach out should that change. The biggest help is from financial donations, so we can buy what we need when we need it. Please go to this link to find out how: https://anarchistmountaincommunitysociety.com/virtual…/…💥MOST IMPORTANT: Please don’t forget to support your LOCAL volunteer fire department. So many of them are out helping us, on their time, with their equipment. We could not be fighting this fire without them!

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OOSAR has been working tirelessly for days doing evacuation notices.
Let’s show them some gratitude for all that they have been doing, as volunteers, to help keep us safe.
Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue
July 22 at 2:48 PM  · 
OOSAR with the assistance of Penticton and District Search and Rescue as well as Central Okanagan Search and Rescue are currently delivering evacuation orders for residents living in RDOS Electoral Area A south of Highway 3.
Evacuees are asked to register online with Emergency Support Services ess.gov.bc. If you require services please visit the ESS Reception Centre at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 6417 Hwy 97 Oliver
RCMP and security will be patrolling these evacuated areas.

https://www.rdos.bc.ca/…/20210722-Evac-Order-area-A…
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Our AMFD crew has been hard at it all night.

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Crews will remain active throughout the night. We have numerous AMFD members working around the clock who have also received evacuation orders…..but somehow just keep going, and even with a smile. On the mountain, it goes without saying – we take care of each other!
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We have some amazing help with structure protection.
A structure protection unit (SPU) is a cache of equipment stored in a trailer that is used by trained structure protection specialists to set up sprinklers on and around a structure. SPUs can be effective in reducing wildfire threats to our homes.
One of the systems being used are the WASP sprinklers on homes, which we learned about at our FireSmart day just this past weekend!
Let’s give a shout out to these great people helping to protect our homes while we are evacuated.
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Town of High Level
July 22 at 2:01 PM  · 
Notice to local residents regarding the deployment of the High Level Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) team to assist with the wildfire currently threatening Osoyoos, B.C.
The High Level WUI team has been activated to assist with firefighting efforts in Osoyoos, British Columbia, as fire crews there work to keep the community safe.
We wish our WUI Team the best as they deploy this afternoon, and hope for a speedy and safe return home.
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Special team to manage Nk’Mip Creek fire
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From AMFD to Evacuees on Anarchist Mountain

Anarchist Mountain Fire Department

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🚫PLEASE DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR HOMES at this time.

Not only does this present a risk to you, but it also takes our crews and security away from their tasks at hand.

This fire has been calm at times, but the wind can change it in a moment’s notice.

We are watching all movement of the fire and every property is being monitored.

Coming back to check on things does not help us.

In a busy area, your presence can create a hazard for our crews and vehicles by walking or driving around. The biggest support you can be for us is to follow the orders.

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More Wildfire Information Links

For those of us who want facts and not just social media rumours, here are more links that contain just the facts to check out:

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Links for Best Up-To-Date Wild Fire Information for A.M.

Anarchist Mountain Fire Dept. Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/AMFDE/

RDOS Latest Updates/Emergency Operations Center:

https://www.rdos.bc.ca/newsandevents/rdos-news/hot-topics/article/3476

Zoom Earth Live – For Live Satellite Images of Canada

https://zoom.earth/places/canada/

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Step Back & Breathe

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Anarchist Mountain Fire Department ALERTS/ORDERS/REGISTER

Follow updates on the Anarchist Mountain Fire Dept. (AMFD) Facebook Page for easier, centralized information.

Those not on social media – follow the RDOS EOC link:

https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/

to find out the most recent updates on ALERTS & ORDERS which can quickly change and REGISTER/follow instructions.

Step back, breathe and we will get through this together as a community.

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Mail Box Key Found

A mail box key was left behind at the Chapman Road mail boxes yesterday. Please call Diane @ 403-540-4707 to identity.

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Belgian Malinois up for adoption

Belgian Malinois up for adoption. Well trained. Loyal companion. Paid 1500$ All vet vaccinations up to date. Neutered. Tick medication on going. 10 Months old.

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