Everyone was allowed to go back home in Kaleden yesterday afternoon, but were told to be ready to get out at a moment’s notice. Crews managed to get a guard around the 6-1/2 hectare wildfire zone but were dealing with hot spots. It could be a few days, weather permitting, before everyone can stand down. Local fire fighters were being assisted by 7 others from BC Wildfire. There were no aircraft involved yesterday.
WK BOAT LAUNCHES
The City of West Kelowna estimates that the Gellatly Bay and Casa Loma Boat Launches can safely be re-opened by next Wednesday. In the meantime staff will be inspecting the launches and making any necessary repairs and preparations. If they can safely be opened earlier, it will happen. The city also reminds boaters that unauthorized use prior to the launches re-opening will be subject to fines.
Don’t forget tonight, Diabetes Canada is hosting its first ever fundraiser with the Kelowna Falcons. Along with the baseball team, the group wants to strike out some of the misconceptions surrounding diabetes. Along with some great outdoor baseball, you’ll get info about diabetes, which affects 1 in 3 of us, and there’ll also be games and prizes. First pitch is at 630 at Elks Stadium.
A house in the Sonoma Pines development was heavily damaged by fire yesterday afternoon. The call to Madera Court near Two Eagles Golf Course came in about 5pm. The blaze extended to the attic which made it even harder to fight in the 34 degree temperatures. No reports of injuries.
The focus on Okanagan Lake is now switching to the removal of flood protection measures – two months after it began. Two million sandbags, five-kilometres of bladder dams, and 1.3 kilometres of gabion baskets were deployed by BC Wildfire Service crews during the crisis. Removing the sandbags started last week, and will take at least another month to complete.
Driving’s going to get a bit tougher for some West Kelowna residents starting next Monday. The bridge over MacDougall Creek on Shannon Lake Road will be replaced, closing it until perhaps the end of October. Motorists and cyclists are asked to use Old Okanagan Highway to access Highway 97.
BIG WHITE FIRE
A small wildfire 10 kilometres southeast of Big White was estimated at less than half a hectare last night by the Southeast Fire District. Air Tankers hit the area hard with retardant when it was first discovered in the back country yesterday afternoon. Three initial attack crews were dispatched to deal with it on the ground.
For the forseeable future the upper portion of Knox Mountain Park Drive is closed due to the extreme fire risk. That means no vehicle traffic will be allowed past the gate at the first lookout until conditions improve. Anyone wanting to go further up the mountain will have to do so by foot or bike… and don’t forget… no smoking.
WATCH PETS 7/830
Pet owners are being advised to avoid the McCulloch Lake area and the road to the Myra Canyon Trestles. At the very least, keep a close eye on them. There are reports that poisoned pieces of meat and treats have been left around. One dog has died and others are very ill. If you notice suspicious activity contact the Kelowna Conservation office or the RCMP detachment.
BC Lions begin week 3 in the CFL tonight taking on the Alouettes in Montreal. Kickoff at 430 on TSN
As expected, the CFL says Randy Ambrosie will serve as the 14th commissioner in league history. The Winnipeg native played nine seasons as an offensive lineman.
The Edmonton Oilers have locked in star player Connor McDavid for an extra 8 years. His contract is worth $100 Million and begins in the 2018-19 season.
Blue Jays closed their series at Yankee Stadium with a 7-6 win. Houston is in Toronto for a few days now. First pitch just after 4 this afternoon.
The PGA Tour moves to West Virginia for the Greenbrier Classic this week. The defending champ is Danny Lee who won in 2015. It was cancelled last year due to flooding.