FIRES (Above Photo: Boston Flats – CFJC)
More than 2,000 firefighters from across the country continue their work on out of control wildfires in BC. In the Kamloops Fire Centre, the Ashcroft fire was estimated at 10,600 hectares yesterday, while the one burning north of Princeton was at 27-hundred. In the Cariboo region, there were at least 14 wildfires greater than 1,000 hectares burning. The Emergency Operations Centre here has been asked to provide temporary accommodation for up to 500 people on Evacuation Order due to the wildfires. The map below shows major highway closures. Click to enlarge.
HWY 33 FIRE
An accident on Highway 33 last evening between Beaverdell and Rock Creek caused a brush fire which grew to about 1 hectare. The Southeast Fire Centre tells us wildfire crews were called in, as was an air tanker dropping retardant and two bucketing helicopters. The highway was closed for a while so fire fighters could do their job. No word yet on the initial accident or any injuries.
With the weather we’ve been having and what’s going on elsewhere in the province it’s hard to remember that there have still been evacuation alerts in place around Okanagan Lake. However there is one less now that the alert for Lake Country has been rescinded. As the lake itself continues to drop, it may not be long before the alert for the Green Bay area in West Kelowna is pulled.
Kelowna have identified the body found inside the home destroyed by fire in the 900 block of Stockwell Avenue on April 1st as that of 23 year old Kelowna resident Michael Madsen. His death is being treated as a homicide. Police say his killing is related to the drug trade and organized crime.
DEATH NOT SUSPICIOUS
The Kelowna RCMP now say what was originally thought to be a suspicious death of a 48-year-old West Kelowna resident, is no longer suspicious. A man’s body was discovered in the early morning hours on June 24, in a parking lot in the 1900 block of Pacific in Kelowna. The police investigation has determined that there was no foul play involved and the case has been turned over to the Coroner.
Kelowna council approved in principle, the transit expansion plans for 2018 – 2021. They include improved service to Okanagan College, Mid-town, Glenmore and the University Connector. The completion of John Hindle Drive next year will allow for a re-structuring of existing service from Glenmore to UBCO.
We’re gonna need a bigger airport! Passenger traffic at Kelowna International last month was up just under 6 percent from a year ago to 143,000. For the first half of the year, nearly 931,000 passengers have passed through YLW – that’s about 104,000 more than in 2016.
Depending on who you listen to, former Canadian astronaut Julie Payette is either a strong contender to be, or will be announced as Canada’s next governor-general today. David Johnston’s term is set to expire in September. 53 year old Payette speaks 6 languages, is a musician, athlete, computer engineer and has a commercial pilot’s licence.
Didn’t take long for the big banks to start jacking up their prime lending rates after the Bank of Canada raised its overnight rate 25 basis points to 0.75%. The prime rates go to 2.95% today from 2.7 and means it’s likely that things such as variable rate mortgages will also go up as they are generally tied to the prime rate.
It’s week 4 for the CFL with one game tonight. Toronto is in Winnipeg at 5:30. The Lions play in Hamilton on Saturday.
At Wimbledon, Milos Raonic lost in straight sets to Roger Federer.
Major League Baseball picks up tomorrow night. The Blue Jays begin a weekend series against the Tigers in Detroit.
The PGA Tour is in Illinois for the John Deere Classic where Ryan Moore is the defending champion.
The Champions Tour stop is in Maryland for the Constellation Championship.