Mount Legislation wildfire: West Kelowna residents hold generate-by parade for firefighters – Okanagan


Pots and pans clanged and brightly colored signals expressing many thanks were proudly displayed as section of a West Kelowna travel-by parade held Thursday evening, celebrating firefighters across the province.

“We just want to extend our gratitude and our many thanks for all the things they’ve performed this summer,” party organizer Erin Williams reported.

“They’ve labored so difficult, there have been fires in all places and we just want to share our appreciation and our gratitude for local firefighters … and all the BC Wildfire firefighters who labored tirelessly all summer time – (I have a) grateful heart.”

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Williams is a Glenrosa resident and was on evacuation buy from her household on Sunday when the Mount Legislation fireplace raged. She also has a cabin on Okanagan Lake, inside of Okanagan Indian Band lands, so it was a tense night.

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The good thing is, both of those ended up spared from hearth and she and her household are between hundreds who are acutely conscious of how shut to disaster they’d be if it weren’t for firefighters.

So, much too, is Glenrosa resident Lori Rapp, a person of the participants of the parade. With the current evacuation orders and alerts, furthermore ongoing endeavours to douse the blaze, she wished to make absolutely sure her many thanks were being regarded.

“The Glenrosa firefighters … we want to say thank you to them,” she mentioned.

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As the fireplace proceeds to burn up in the hills earlier mentioned West Kelowna, the concern and anxiousness of the fire’s weekend operate is nevertheless top of head for area citizens.

“I imagined for certain we were being heading to drop Glenrosa, to be sincere it was transferring particularly quickly and you’d turn about every number of minutes and it was much larger,” Glenrosa resident Krista Rapidly mentioned.

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She, like lots of others, opted to depart her neighbourhood, even with remaining on an evacuation alert merely mainly because the fire was transferring so immediately.

“We did not assume we’d have a property to appear property to,” she said.

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The hearth, which grew immediately Sunday, struck panic into the hearts of space people considerably from its path, but Okanagan inhabitants are not new to this variety of matter.

“I’m a seasoned Westbank resident. In ’03 we volunteered with ESS and in ’09 we have been truly evacuated. So, yeah, I am properly ready to know what we do to get out and get safe and sound,” Leslie Flamand, a Glenrosa Resident, reported.

That reported, it’s however tricky.

“Unfortunately, these items transpire,” she claimed. “You do not worry, make confident you have your bits and parts together and test and keep a neat head.”

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The parade went proper earlier the West Kelowna Fire Rescue Station No. 3 at meal time, appropriate about the time crews altered shift. Firefighters were being outside the house to soak in some of the richly deserved accolades.

“It’s heartwarming for positive,” stated Lionel Bateman, assistant fire main of the West Kelowna Fireplace Division. “It’s wonderful to know the local community stands powering our guys”

The display of thanks was very well gained by all and it is just the latest in a selection of ways folks are displaying their gratitude, as they give up almost everything from peaches to cake to beer.

“We are very well taken care of,” West Kelowna hearth main Jason Brolund reported. “What we will need men and women to do is fire clever their households.

“Pay focus to the points around your house that could assistance us battle the upcoming wildfire.”

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