FIRES FORECAST (Above Image: Cdn Forces)
The weekend forecast doesn’t provide much relief for the central interior fire situation by way of rainfall. Tomorrow it looks like potentially 20-30km/h winds, with gusts up to 50 in the afternoon and evening. In terms of numbers – as of yesterday, there were 188 fires burning across BC, down from more than 220 on the weekend. There have been 617 fires since April 1st burning about 111,000 hectares. More than 3,000 firefighters and support staff are involved.
If you’re heading out on the lake this weekend remember there’s still lots of junk floating around. Barges continue to remove unnatural debris from the shores including unclaimed broken docks, unregistered boats, along with large trees or stumps. Damaged docks and pilings still in place are the responsibility of the property owner. Any debris that residents do not want removed should be clearly marked “Do Not Remove”.
KF Aerospace out at the airport continues to grow despite losing its contract with the post office. Now it’s more focused on aircraft maintenance and modifications and counts WestJet, Iceland Air and the Canadian Forces among its clients. They have about 675 employees now and are looking to add about 50 more entry level positions that start at $14/hour – and they do the training.
West Kelowna Council is going to ask the province to conduct a review of all possible factors leading to the flooding and mitigation efforts after this spring’s event. It wants to include things like the release of water from Okanagan Lake at various dams, the need for additional data collection stations related to weather and climate change impacts. The banning of power boats during times of declared state of emergency is also on the list.
With the smoke from earlier this week mostly cleared out of the valley, its safe for everyone to venture out again. However, if it comes back, there is a place you can go to check the air quality for all areas of the Province including the Central Okanagan.
The Central Okanagan Hospice Association is having a very special event this weekend. The Butterfly Effect is a spectacular butterfly release to honour those we have lost and other special people in our lives. It’s for the whole family with a Kids Zone, entertainment and artisans. There is no cost to attend and if you want to release a butterfly they can be pre-ordered on line by going to hospicecoha.org . It takes place Sunday from 10-1 at Falcon Ridge Farms.
As we head into another hot summer weekend, municipalities are urging residents and visitors to be really cautious as many areas face an Extreme Fire Hazard rating. Don’t forget that open burning, including campfires and in backyard fire pits, is not allowed anywhere, nor is smoking in City or Regional parks. The lookout trail at Dilworth Mountain Park has been closed. Local fire departments are providing support to the provincial forest fire fight, while carefully balancing the need at home.
A grad of the Okanagan College Sustainable Construction Management program, put his diploma to good use by building his own net-zero house in Lumby. David Sawatzky used things like LED lighting, a super insulated concrete form foundation, Energy Star compliant fixtures and appliances, low flow plumbing fixtures, and 28 solar panels. He hopes that Hydro will soon start writing cheques to him.
On Saturday, two women who are long-time friends will meet up again in the Okanagan raise funds for the Rail Trail. Kristin Postill and Brittney Page hope to raise $50,000 by stand-up paddling along the rail trail line on Kalamalka Lake. If you’d like to contribute, there’s a link on our website news blog.
In the CFL last night, Winnipeg beat Toronto 33-25. There are two games today Calgary visits Montreal at 4 while Ottawa is in Edmonton at 7. The BC Lions take on the Ticats in Hamilton tomorrow at 4:30. All the games are on TSN.
Major League Baseball season picks up again after the All-Star break. Toronto Blue Jays begin a weekend Series in Detroit against the Tigers this afternoon.
Good luck to the Westbank First Nation today hosting its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Two Eagles. Special guests include Jordin Tootoo, a right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks. Past tournament proceeds have helped fund the purchase of a Passenger Van for WFN Youth outings.
Going into the second round of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Illinois, Charles Howell lll and Ollie Schiederjans share the lead at 8 under par.
At the Champions Tour stop in Maryland, Larry Mize is the first round leader after shooting an 8-under 64.
At the CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer Tournament in Texas Team Canada plays Honduras at 7pm.