Those that know me on here may know that my partner Melanie is from Canada and that we both have a vested interest in our ‘other home’ in Kelowna, British Columbia. It’s the beautiful place where Melanie’s folks chose to spend a happy retirement. Mel’s dad still lives there in that lovely place. It’s been many the occasion of a wonderful visit and it’s environs, whether in the balmy mid-thirties temperatures of a typical summer there or enjoying the ski hills in the vicinity during the wintertime.
Back in 2003, there was a horrific forest fire that became hugely out of control. The Okanagan Mountain Fire as it became known as caused the loss of 239 homes and the evacuation of 45,000 residents of the small city of around just over 100,000 people. Fires jumped across from home to home and ash rained down in the streets like some post-Pompeii apocalypse. The view of the mountains surrounding Kelowna with their bare patches still recalls that time.
Fire-fighters from different provinces and the United States I believe, gathered to manfully fight the great blaze, dumping huge quantities of water from the Okanagan Lake onto the vicious flames. 60 fire departments, 1,400 armed forces troops and 1,000 forest fire fighters were involved and, in the main helpless. Finally nature took a hand or the cost may have been even worse.
Now in 2009 there is a return. West Kelowna has two new fires raging currently. As I write 17,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and many houses destroyed. 150 fire-fighters are working to control the fires and we hope that 2009 does not see a reprise of the devastation of six years ago.
Nature is wonderful thing. It can also be a terrifying force. Good luck to the good people in our ‘other home’ of Kelowna. Please God let us not see 2003 all over again.
Thousands flee Canada wildfires
The Tracks of My Tears
Hi, my name is Stuart Frew and I began The Tears of a Clown in August 2007 after experimenting with a few online ideas as a repository for my thoughts and words. My favoured themes can be located below as can a full site search and historical archives for the site. I like to talk about sport (Hibernian FC in particular), music, history and travel, amongst many diverse topics. I’m trained in Psychology but no, sadly, I can’t read your mind.
Please take a look around and feel free to leave a comment or two. I always attempt to reply to visitor’s contributions. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read the site.
Search this Site
- 623,222 Views
- Football on St. Mary’s Rec
- Arnold Local History Group
- Happy New Year 2015
- Happy New Year, Mum and Dad
- Hogmanay 2014
- 2014 in review
- Canada Memories
- Christmas Approaches
- Remembering Hucknall and Linby miners
- Five Songs for Five Days (5): My Girl – Otis Redding
- Five Songs for Five Days (4): In a Big Country – Big Country
- Five Songs for Five Days (3): The Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
- Five Songs for Five Days (2): Just a Little Misunderstanding – The Contours
- Five Songs for Five Days: It’s Too Bad – The Jam
- Green and White Jerseys
I Wrote About:Arnold Belvoir bestwood Big Country Blogging Brian Clough Canada Canadiens catholic caves celtic Clough derbyshire derek riordan Easter Road EasterRoad eddie turnbull edinburgh Epperstone Football Forest Frew Goose Fair Gordon Smith grantham Grantham Canal halloween Harby Hibernian Hibs highlands hockey Hoveringham I CAN HEAR MUSIC ice hockey kelowna Linby liverpool love Lowdham Lowdham Book Festival mansfield Marathon Meadow Lane Montreal Newstead Abbey Nottingham nottingham panthers Nottingham pubs nottinghamshire notts Notts County Okanagan panthers Papplewick pat stanton peachland penticton Petrie pubs Rangers Redhill Robin Hood robin hood marathon ross-shire Running scotland Snow Soul Southwell Stuart Adamson The Who Walking walks Woodborough
- The Ten Bridges of Newark-on-Trent
- Psychology: How a Woman's Mind Works
- Nottinghamshire: Old Bestwood
- Down by the Riverside - Nottingham to Newark by Bicycle
- When one lie leads to another...
- The Ram Inn, Redhill, Nottingham
- Canada '08: The Cars are the Stars - Americans
- The Ten o'clock Horses
- Canada '08: Ellison Provincial Park, Vernon
- Sadly missed: Kelly’s Tavern, Newark-on-Trent
- RT @HibsOfficial: The story of 77 year old season ticket holder Jimmy Caskie & his random act of kindness: facebook.com/HibernianFootb… http://t… 5 days ago
- RT @PoliticsPunked: Boxing match between Charlotte Church & Katie Hopkins. RT support for @charlottechurch Fav support for @KTHopkins http… 1 week ago
- RT @nickywasp: Here's UKIP, obv the party that stands up for whole of the UK. (By the way he's deleted this, so do feel free to RT) http://… 1 month ago
- RT @HibernianRetro: Hibernian Retro - The Life And Times Of Hibernian FC - Please Retweet - GGTTH facebook.com/HibernianRetro http://t.co/sZl8Go… 1 month ago
- RT @Jonathon_Shafi: Anna Soubry actually said on Marr that too many SNP seats in Westminster was 'really concerning for democracy and the s… 2 months ago
- @cadilambert Running in Hoveringham - they can spot you in Newark! x 2 months ago
- RT @cadilambert: New start for me! All Change!!! | cadi2014's Blog #work #nottingham #job #cycling #sport #running cadi2014.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/all… 2 months ago
- Stuart on Football on St. Mary’s Rec
- Gordon Murdock on Football on St. Mary’s Rec
- Arsenic and Old Lace | dreamboat123 on The Ten Bridges of Newark-on-Trent
- pam wood on Nottinghamshire: Old Bestwood
- Sarah allsopp on Nottinghamshire: Old Bestwood
- 47 Superb Owls | NUIPAS. UN SITIO DIVERTIDO on Thoresby Hall Craft Fair
- Janet young on Nottinghamshire: Old Bestwood
- Sue Newcombe on Nottinghamshire: Old Bestwood
- Colin Berresford on Nottinghamshire: Old Bestwood
- Stuart on Nottinghamshire: Old Bestwood