The sunset from two nights ago, Friday July 31/2009 the sun had a very eerie bright red color to it.
The Terrace Mountains fire to the north and west of Kelowna above Fintry Estates really took off again today as the winds picked up. Everyone has been evacuated from that area and I fear much of the Mountainside has been burned out.
I woke up Saturday and again this morning with my car covered in ash and soot. To give you some idea I must live at least 40 Km away from the fire and on the opposite side of the lake, so this is a long distance for the ash and soot to be carried.
Bear Creek Park is closed as are all the other public areas on the west side of the lake. If you have looked through my portfolio and seen the photographs I have taken from this area you know how beautiful this area was and now I’m afraid much of it has been destroyed.
No word yet as to the cause of this fire, but many people are again holding their breath, as the winds are expected to pick up once again today. Many homes may end up destroyed if the fire burns down any closer to the Fintry Delta and many of the historical buildings on Fintry Estates may be lost forever.
All we can do is watch and wait while the fire fighters do all they can to beat back the flames and save what they can.
Photo unedited for color or lightness with just a touch of adjustment in Unsharp Mask with PS. The color was so amazing it didn’t need any adjustments and I wanted you all to see it as close the what it really looked like that evening. Best viewed larger.