KALEDEN FIRE (Above Picture Courtesy: Joe Fries/Penticton Herald)
A wildfire in Kaleden yesterday quickly moved up a dry hillside and burned at least two buildings as people were being told to leave. At least 100 homes were evacuated. Fire fighters from Kaleden, Penticton and the BC Wildfire Service, along with 2 bucketing choppers and two fixed-wing tankers battled the fire which grew to over 5 hectares. Ground crews stayed on site overnight. An assessment will be done this morning.
As lake levels continue to drop and recovery and rehabilitating moves into full gear, the Emergency Operation Centre has come up with a guide that covers just about everything. There is info on sandbag removal and disposal, debris removal and rebuilding of docks among other things. There is a link to it below. The lake last measured at 342.964 metres above sea level… down 7 centimetres over the long weekend, but still 48 above full pool for this time of year. BC Wildfire contractor crews worked through the weekend to remove flood protection works while others worked in the lake and on the beaches to remove debris. Check with your municipality for beach and boat launch availability.
RCMP surrounded and then caught a guy inside a business near the West Kelowna Superstore early Saturday. A canine unit created a diversion, forcing the suspect to go through the holes he allegedly made in the walls between businesses in an effort to avoid capture. It didn’t work. The 53 year old Edmonton man’s suspected accomplice was found sleeping in a nearby car.
There is no campfire ban in place – yet, however the fire hazard around here is now extreme. Smoking is not allowed in any regional park or municipal park in the Central Okanagan. Smoking is also prohibited in children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails. And it goes without saying to use your car’s ashtray. If you see a fire or smoke, call 911 or *5555.
The 5th Annual 2017 Buy Local Buy Fresh guide has been released for the Okanagan. It features 75 participants, including 48 farms between Osoyoos, the Similkameen Valley and north to Armstrong, as well as over 25 local food businesses, events and services. For more information, locations to pick up printed maps, and to view the online listings, visit buylocalbc.org
Two people died in a crash on the Coquihalla south of Kamloops yesterday. RCMP say their car hit a deer and went off the road and down an embankment. Another person in the car was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
An RCMP officer on his way home Monday morning, spotted a well-known prolific offender prowling a Mission area neighbourhood. The guy was arrested and police recovered a bunch of stolen property believed to be taken from dozens of vehicles in the area. 47-year-old David Martin has been charged with possession of break-in instruments, theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and breach of his probation. RCMP say if you live around Sarsons, Dehart Road and Lakeshore and something’s missing from your car, call them.
Due to a default by the Kamloops Rattlers, the Kelowna Raiders have accepted the lacrosse playoff challenge from the Armstrong Shamrocks. The best of five begins tonight in Armstrong. They’ll play here on Friday at Memorial Arena.
The Blue Jays ruined July 4th for the Yankees picking up a 4-1 win in New York. They will play again this morning at 10.
Vernon native Vasek Pospisil, who is ranked 73rd in men’s singles is out of Wimbledon after the first round. He was defeated in straight sets by Austrian Dominic Thiem, who’s ranked 8th.