FIRES (Above photo: Boston Flats – CFJC)
BC Wildfire Service crews could use some help from Mother Nature, but none appears to be forthcoming. Environment Canada says the only precipitation coming to the province is in the extreme north and to make matters worse, the winds are expected to continue. The agency says an extremely dry June has set the BC Interior up for this wildfire crisis. The BC Wildfire Service was planning to set a fire yesterday. It was to help contain the Gustafsen wildfire west of 100 Mile House. They were hoping to prevent the fire, which is now more than 5,000 hectares in size, from reaching a couple of sawmills. There were 219 wildfires in BC. yesterday. So far 43,000 hectares have burned. Cost to fight fires so far this year is just over 53 Million dollars. A Kelowna fire truck with a crew of 4 has been sent to Williams Lake to help.
As tends to happen in emergency situations, scam artists will be making attempts to part you with your money. The Better Business Bureau says if you want to donate, only deal with organizations you are comfortable with. The BBB also says it’s a good idea to check with Canada Revenue Agency to see if the charity is legitimate, use a credit card if you’re paying online and never give cash to anyone you don’t know.
Just as fire departments from around the province are sending wildfire-trained crews to help in the central interior, the RCMP is stepping up its presence, opening a response centre at Vancouver headquarters. So far Mounties have arrested 10 individuals within 100 Mile House and Williams Lake for break and enter and mischief. Most are local individuals previous known to police. Up to 300 additional officers have been deployed.
SMOKE GOSPEL MISSION
Kelowna’s Gospel Mission will be keeping its doors and 100 bed emergency shelter open 24/7 as the smoke continues to hang over the valley so homeless people can get a break. It provides about 600 meals per day and 80 shelter beds filled. If you can volunteer or help them financially, go to kelownagospelmission.ca
Housing starts in the Kelowna area moderated slightly in June as activity, especially in the multi-unit segment slowed. It had been a record spring for apartment and condo starts. Rental apartments have been at the centre of one of the strongest years for new construction since before 2008, making up 82% of multi-unit starts and 65% of total housing starts so far this year.
Central Okanagan Search & Rescue was out Monday night to rescue an injured mountain biker from a remote location in the Crawford trails. They used bikes and a side-by-side UTV to access the patient, carrying him in a stretcher until ground transport with the UTV was possible. The patient was taken to hospital early Tuesday morning. COSAR says the bikers had the right equipment to help rescuers pinpoint their location.
Just because Okanagan Lake is still more than full and the weather is hot and dry doesn’t mean you can water your lawn more than allowed right now. People with street numbers that end in an odd number are only allowed to water on odd-numbered days and of course those with even numbered addresses are allowed to water on even-numbered days. If you have an in-ground irrigation system you can only water between midnight and 6 am.
KNOX DRIVE CLOSED
If you want to go up Knox Mountain take a bike or some good walking shoes. Due to the extreme fire danger rating, both the upper and lower sections of Knox Mountain Drive are now closed to vehicle traffic. And don’t forget that smoking is banned in all parks and public spaces, and campfires and barbecues are also not allowed in City or Regional District parks.
Brand new CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie suspended defensive back Will Hill of the Tiger-Cats for one game and fined him for two incidents in last week’s game against Saskatchewan. Hill grabbed the jersey of an official in the third quarter and was thrown out of the game. Earlier, he had punched a Rider player.
At soccer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup in Houston, Canada and Costa Rica played to a 1-1 draw. 16 year old Alfonso Davies who plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps, scored for Canada. Both teams have 4 points and are on top in Group A. We play Honduras on Friday in Frisco, Texas.
In Miami last night, the American League beat the National League 2 – 1 in 10 innings in baseball’s all-star game.
Kelowna Rockets forward Kole Lind will be joining teammates Cal Foote and Dillon Dube when they attend the Canadian World Junior Development Camp this summer. Foote was selected 14th overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Lind was taken 33rd overall by the Canucks.
The Arizona Coyotes hired Rick Tocchet as their new head coach. He heads to Arizona following three seasons as an assistant coach with the Penguins, signing a contract that will keep him in the desert for at least the next four years. Pittsburgh named Mark Recchi as Tocchet’s replacement.
The International Olympic Committee has announced that Los Angeles and Paris will host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics. What WASN’T announced was which city will hold which games. That announcement is expected in September.