WILDFIRE (Picture above courtesy BC Wildfire)
As many as 14,000 people are now out of their homes as fires creep closer to several communities in the BC Interior and smoke hampers efforts from the air. Last night, the 11,000 people in the City on Williams Lake were put on evacuation alert last night. The BC Wildfire Service says at least 225 wildfires have burned through more than 320-square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland. 300 firefighters and support staff, along with specialized equipment, are coming from other provinces. BC Liquor Store customers can contribute at the till – in increments of $2, $5, or more – with all proceeds going directly to the Red Cross. These funds will help with immediate needs for those affected, such as providing evacuees with shelter, food and water. A number of main highways throughout the province remain closed. You can keep up-to-date by checking Drive BC. The link below will direct you to the latest wildfire information sources
Big White is making rooms available for wildfire evacuees. The resort’s summer accommodation partners Rent Chalets and Chalets at Big White will let families use their Red Cross per diem. Rent Chalets has approximately 50 units, from 2 to 5 bedrooms, with an average price for a family of 4 starting at $200/night. Chalets at Big White also has a number of units available with one bedroom units from $119/night. We’ve put more info including contact numbers on our Facebook page.
Kelowna Fire Department was still working on hot spots at the Water’s Edge condos yesterday while preparing to turn it back to the management company and developer so they can deal with insurance issues and getting people access to the building. Chief Travis Whiting tells us it’s their understanding the fire started due to construction work on the roof of Phase 2. One firefighter who suffered burns to his hands remains in KGH but is going to be okay.
Today will be the last day on the job for fire fighters from the BC Wildfire Branch who have been helping with flood protection around Okanagan Lake. They are being redeployed to fight forest fires. The lake level continues to drop but is still 38cm above full pool. If you have stand bags that need removal you can get all the information at cordemergency.ca
RESTORLAX RECALL 630/8
Health Canada says is expanding its voluntary recall to include specific lots of RestoraLAX 30+7 Bonus Packs sold at various retailers across Canada. They may contain deposits such as clumps or lumps that may pose a choking hazard.
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was called out Sunday evening to assist in the rescue of an injured climber from the Bear Cave Crags at KLO Creek. Combined response with BC Ambulance, Kelowna Fire Department, and Vernon Search And Rescue’s BC Air Rescue team and Wildcat Helicopters resulted in the subject being transported directly to KGH aboard the helicopter.
The remains of an Australian man who went missing seven years ago, have been found near Grand Forks. Owen Rooney was 24 when he went missing on August 14, 2010. His remains were found near Hardy Mountain by a search and rescue team on a training exercise.
The baseball all star game starts a little after 5 today in Miami. Just one Blue Jay will start – Justin Smoak at first base. Toronto pitcher Roberto Osuna is also in the lineup.
The good news is that Canada’s Milos Raonic made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The bad news is that he has to play Roger Federer. The match goes at 3:30 our time tomorrow morning.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have signed forward Reid Gardiner who played 28 games with the Kelowna Rockets last season, to an American Hockey League contract 2017-18. He had 37 points while playing here.
A group of local lawmakers is proposing the New York Islanders return to Nassau Coliseum. It’s the place the team called home for more than 40 seasons before it uprooted for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2015.