LAKE COUNTRY FIRE (Above: Lake Country – Saturday Night)
The District of Lake Country says 8 homes on Nighthawk Road were lost to the human-caused wildfire that began Saturday afternoon. It started as a small fire near the lake shore on Okanagan Centre Road West. More than 300 properties were ordered evacuated while another 600 were put on evacuation alert. By late yesterday the fire was 80% surrounded by retardant for the 55 hectares that had burned. Last night the evacuation order was lifted for all but 69 properties. Check the map link below. We’re told some firefighters suffered minor injuries. Most of the work yesterday was on the ground keeping it contained and putting out hot spots that flared up.
A Westside Road resident wonders when smokers will get the message. Theresa Bru, who lives in a 30 home community near Emery Robbins Beach, says it appears a driver threw a cigarette butt out the window last week, starting a fire in a ditch near their homes. She says fortunately a tanker truck happened to be passing by and put it out but she had a sleepless night thinking about what could have happened.
Upwards of 37,000 people have been forced from their homes by wildfires in BC including just over 300 properties in Lake Country. The biggest blow was to the nearly 11,000 residents of Williams Lake who were told to ‘get out and head south’ through the 100 Mile House fire zone on Saturday. Evacuees were told to go to Vernon and Kelowna as Kamloops has been overwhelmed. Evacuees here are being housed in what they call ‘group lodgings’ as opposed to one specific area. There were 160 fires burning in BC yesterday.
The Emergency Operation Centre says waterfront property owners with sandbag walls can begin to lower them, but should keep them at a level that protects against wind and wave action to a height of 60 centimetres above the current lake level. Under no circumstances should sandbags be emptied into any creeks, lakes, wetland, beaches or other waterways.
SHANNON LAKE BRIDGE
There were delays last week on the bridge over MacDougall Creek on Shannon Lake Road in West Kelowna. Today the road will be completely shut down until perhaps the end of October depending how the work replacing the bridge goes. Motorists and cyclists are asked to use Old Okanagan Highway to access Highway 97.
Kelowna’s Urban Distilleries picked up one Gold and two Bronze Medals at the International Spirits Competition SIP awards and two Silver and a Bronze at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition. Its Paul’s Tomb Gin, which was launched last year won a gold at one competition and silver at the other while the Spirit Bear Gin was awarded a silver and Spirit Bear Vanilla Bean Vodka won bronze in both Competitions. The companies being around since 2010.
Kelowna RCMP is asking for help in locating 28 year old Kelowna resident Terran Bond. He was last seen Thursday night leaving from his home in the Stillingfleet Road area, for a bike ride. Police and family are very concerned for his health and well-being. If you see Terran Bond please call 911. Description: 6 ft 4 in, 160 lbs, Short brown hair, Wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
Emily Epp of Kelowna is now the youngest Canadian to swim the English Channel. It took the 17 year old just under 12 hours to make the 40 kilometre crossing between the U-K and France. She did it as a fundraiser for Canuck Place, which has helped her family when her sister was in Vancouver for treatment. Emily raised nearly 40 thousand dollars. If you’d like to make a donation:
Blue Jays lost 6-5 to Detroit in 11 innings yesterday. Toronto begins a four-game series in Boston this afternoon.
At Wimbledon the men’s singles was won for the 8th time by Roger Federer in a straight set win over Marin Cilic.
Toronto Indycar race went to Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden.
The F1 stop at Silverstone in Britain went to Lewis Hamilton, winning his home race for the 5th time.
At the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, California’s Bryson DeChambeau shot 6-under in the final round to take the win with a score of 18 under par.
And in case you missed it Saturday, the BC Lions beat Hamilton 41-26 and are tied with Edmonton for first in the west. BC hosts Winnipeg on Friday.