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Kelowna Canada

Currently Deployment is closing

Wednesday - July 22, 2009

3:00pm - The Glenrosa fire is now 100% contained and Noah's Wish volunteers are finishing their duties at the shelter and will soon be heading for home. A special thank you to everyone that lent a hand with this one: Joanne Soga, Ron Mandzak, David Dahl, Bev Inglis, Pam Legault, Mary Trim, Tammy Bryant, Caitlin McLagan, Shari Hoot, and Debbie Knabbe. Thanks for Donna Wackerbauer, Coordinator for all her efforts in making this a successful response.

Additional thanks to CDART, Deb Silk, BCSPCA, Kim and Sheri (transportation coordinators) and Noah's Wish volunteers Cheryl Rogers and Fran Cameron. Thanks to Telus Mobility for their help with celluar communications.

Final count was 125 animals total, with that being made up of 49 cats, 38 dogs, 20 horses, 5 rabbits, 2 turtles, 2 rats, 4 pigs, 1 bird, 1 hamster, 1 gerbil and 2 dagus.

Tuesday - July 21, 2009

3:00pm - Some evacuation orders are being lifted in the Glenrosa area; people are beginning to return to their homes and reclaim their animals. It appears that the worst is over for now. Noah's Wish volunteers are beginning to demobilize and head for home as well.

Monday - July 20, 2009

12:00pm - Volunteers started arriving at Mt. Boucherie Recreation Centre in West Kelowna late Sunday in response to a request by CDART to assist with a temporary shelter being used to house animals displaced by fires ravaging the area. Currently there are more than 10,000 people evacuated due to the fires. Noah's Wish is working in conjunction with CDART, and the SPCA to assure that animals affected by the fires are cared for.

At the present time winds, which drove the flames on Saturday and Sunday, are calm, giving firefighters the opportunity to hopefully get the upper hand on the fires. Winds are expected to kick up this afternoon, but there is optimism that the worst may be over. Volunteers are scheduled to remain at the shelter until evacuation orders are lifted.

Pictures courtesy of the Vancouver Sun

Sunday - July 19,2009

3:00pm - CDART have requested Noah's Wish volunteers to help them staff a shelter being established in West Kelowna to house animals displaced by fires ravaging the area. A team of volunteers are on their way and expected to arrive later this evening. High winds are still driving the fire and little progress has been made in containing the blaze. Currently over 10,000 residents have been evacuated.

1:00pm - An assessment is underway, volunteers remain on alert and ready to respond. The fire situation has not changed significantly since the last update. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Saturday - July 18, 2009

8:00pm - As with most fires the situation changes from moment to moment, as of 8pm PDT, we have been advised that all efforts to establish a shelter for animals displaced by the fire are on hold. The situation is too unstable to determine where a shelter should be located. Until emergency management personnel in the area are able to do a more detailed assessment no volunteers will be sent into the area - it is simply to dangerous to do so at this time. Updates will be provided as they are received.

7:00pm - Noah's Wish has been asked to assist with sheltering at the West Kelowna Pet Services Center, just setup to house companion animals displaced by the wildfire in the North Glenrosa area. 1,000 houses are currently under evacuation orders and high winds are making fighting the fire difficult.

6:00pm - Noah's Wish is currently monitoring a wildfire in the West Bank, North Glenrosa area of British Columbia. The fire started around 2:30PDT and is being fanned by high winds in the area. Two structures have already burned, and 40 others are in danger. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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