100 MILE WILDFIRE (Pictures above and below from Clara Kohen – 108 Golf Course)
A wildfire that started yesterday morning west of 100 Mile House quickly exploded to more than 500 hectares. To put that in perspective, a football field is about 1 hectare. BC Wildfire was using tankers, water skimmers and ground crews in the initial attack. A few properties were evacuated and the fire was burning within a few kilometres of the 108 Ranch.
Local fire chiefs have again decided not to wait for the Kamloops Fire Centre to make a decision, and are bringing in their own campfire ban for the area. Effective today at noon, campfires are not allowed in the Regional District which includes Peachland, West Kelowna/Westbank, Lake Country and Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas. Campfires are never allowed in the City of Kelowna. Smoking is not allowed in any parks or kids play areas. The fire chiefs say the continuing tinder-dry conditions forced their hand. They pulled the pin ahead of the province last year as well.
A man drowned in Okanagan Lake at a campground along Westside Road. RCMP say the 25 year old from Edmonton was swimming with family members when be went under and didn’t resurface. He was located, but despite the efforts of those nearby and paramedics, he passed away. Police and the Coroner will try to determine what happened.
The Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is opening a downtown Kelowna site for the summer starting tomorrow from 8am to 1pm. That means Bernard Avenue will be closed from Mill Street to Water Street on Saturdays from 6 to 2 until September 9th. The new location will have about 30 vendors each week and is in addition to the market held Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 to 1 throughout the summer at the corner of Dilworth and Springfield.
ON THE WATER
As we head toward what appears to be another hot weekend, RCMP are hoping boaters will keep doing the right thing. Patrols on the lake last weekend found that almost all vessels checked were good when it came to the number of life jackets on board and safety equipment. However, they found a few operators who couldn’t produce a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card or the papers to prove licensing and ownership of their vessel. (Click on map to enlarge)
IN THE WATER
And if your weekend plans include playing IN the water, be careful around areas where sandbags and other barriers are still in place. The Emergency Operation Centre says contaminated water could still seep from behind the barriers or from low-lying septic fields. There have already been some so-called ‘black water’ issues at the north end of Okanagan Lake.
RCMP have released pictures of a female robbery suspect. It happened just after 6 yesterday morning at Skogies PetroCan on Underhill. Police say she had a knife and metal bar and got away with some cash and cigarettes in a stolen truck, which was later recovered. The station attendant was not hurt. Police description: White woman in 30’s, slender, 5’5″, brown hair, red plaid jacket, jeans and black runners with pink laces. Call RCMP or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS
There will be a lot more bicycles around the south Okanagan this weekend. The Penticton Gran Fondo takes place on Sunday. It starts early in Penticton, heads north to Summerland and then back down past Oliver before turning back to Penticton. Most of the 160K event is on side roads and trails, but parts of it are on Highway 97. There are also some shorter races that will see some road closures.
NDP leader John Horgan gets his chance to run the province starting July 18th. He will be sworn in as Premier by the Lieutenant Governor who asked him to form a government after Christy Clark’s Liberals were defeated in a non-confidence motion. Horgan will have to appoint a speaker which will give both sides 43 seats in the Legislature.
CFL in Montreal last night, the BC Lions picked up another win beating the Alouettes 23-16 at Molson Stadium. Calgary plays in Winnipeg today at 530.
The Astros and Blue Jays will go at it again today in Toronto. Yesterday to kick off their 4 game series leading up to Tuesday’s all-star game, the Jays beat Houston 7-4.
At the Greenbrier Classic, Sebastien Munoz is the leader going into the second round after shooting 9 under par 61 yesterday. Davis Love III is 2 shots back.
Phil Mickelson’s former caddie is going to work for NBC and Golf Channel for the rest of the year. Jim ”Bones” Mackay will still be walking golf courses, but with a much lighter microphone.