LAKE COUNTRY FIRE
Another assessment will be done in Lake Country this morning to determine how many, if any residents of the 58 properties that remained evacuated last night will be able to go home. The properties are on Nighthawk, Long and Tyndall Roads and arrangements were being made with Fortis to get the gas turned back on. Crews continued to work on it yesterday and the fire was reported at 90% contained.
About 1,300 people have registered in Kelowna as evacuees from wildfires across the province. Those who need shelter are being taken care of. Provincial officials would still like evacuees to register at the Salvation Army on Sutherland in Kelowna, even if they are staying somewhere and don’t require assistance. Almost 47,000 people remain evacuated in BC.
Quick work by the Kelowna Fire Department prevented a small brush fire between Harvey and Thayer Monday night from growing into something much worse. It was in the brush and trees climbing the embankment toward an apartment building, but crews stopped it before it was able to cause extensive damage. The fire is under investigation by KFD and RCMP.
Cooler weather is bringing a bit of relief to those fighting fires in the central interior, but it will take days, if not weeks, of rain to allow crews and residents to breathe easier. There were 155 fires burning yesterday – one of the largest interface fires being Elephant Hill, which was renamed from Ashcroft. It has burned through 52,600 hectares and an unknown number of homes. Cache Creek residents were allowed to go home yesterday while officials in 100 Mile House continue to assess the situation.
Local municipalities and the Regional District have got together to make sure they’re on the same page when it comes to deciding how to close a park during these extreme weather conditions. Check each city and the RDCO website for park closures as we have received word of a number of complete closures in West Kelowna and the Regional District. Remember there are no campfires allowed anywhere in BC right now and no smoking in any parks.
With most of the focus turning to wildfires these days it’s easy to forget that Okanagan Lake is still 20 centimetres above full pool. Yesterday, full flood demobilization efforts such as removal of sandbags, began along private property in Kelowna and West Kelowna. It will be expanding into Lake Country, Peachland and areas along Westside Road in the coming week.
Good news for drivers in West Kelowna. Gellatly Road has been fully reopened after it was shut down May 5th due to the road partially collapsing from flooding. Construction to repair the Gellatly Walkway along the waterfront, is expected to be completed by the end of August.
KELOWNA HIKER DEATH
A Kelowna man has died in a fall while hiking near Mount Sir Donald in Glacier National Park. RCMP say he was with with 2 other men and a woman on Saturday when he lost his footing and went off a steep cliff. Parks Canada Mountain Safety was able to recover his body on Sunday. His name has not been released and the Coroner is handling the investigation.
Sears Canada could begin emptying 59 of its stores across Canada, including one in the Aberdeen Mall in Kamloops as soon as Friday. The liquidation sale will last through mid-October at which point the stores will be closed. Sears Canada announced last month that it was operating under protection from creditors and planned to close 59 stores and let 2900 employees go.
All the teams in the CFL and the league office have chipped in to help Red Cross relief efforts for the BC wildfires. The total they came up with was $50,000.
It went into the wee hours of the morning as the Jays played their second of four games in Beantown. They played 15 innings before Boston got the tie-breaking run to win 5-4.
The Astros beat the Mariners 6-2.
No driver for Phil at The Open. Phil Mickelson carried only the 3-wood with him during his practice round yesterday at Royal Birkdale, and he plans to keep it that way. He has four wedges, including a 64-degree sand wedge that he can use for flop shots from tight lies on the links course.