PENTICTON FIRE (Above photo: Joe Fries/Penticton Herald)
On Wednesday the City of Penticton conducted a mock Emergency Operations Centre activation in case of a wildfire. Yesterday they had a real one to deal with as a fire broke out in brush below homes in the West Bench part of the city. The fire chief says it was about one hectare in size but could have been a lot worse. Two homes sustained damage when embers landed on their cedar shake roofs.
It rained for a while in the central interior yesterday and helped clear the air a bit but as BC Wildfire said – it was ‘a blip’ in the scheme of things with 152 fires burning. The Canadian military has been asked to assist the RCMP with some specific duties such as the ground evacuation of persons in distress, delivery of food and supplies by land and air, and to help police maintain road checkpoints. The 375 Forces members will not be acting in an armed or law-enforcement capacity.
Some people just aren’t getting the message or simply don’t give a damn. Despite a province-wide campfire ban, last weekend over 50 illegal campfires were reported to the Coastal Fire Centre alone. In light of that, enforcement will be stepped up by both the Compliance and Enforcement Branch and Conservation Officers throughout BC. And please remember to keep cigarette ash and butts inside the car.
Plan your driving in Kelowna tomorrow carefully. The Downtown Kelowna Association is having its block party on Bernard. from Richter to the sails and in Kerry Park from 10 till 4. It’s geared for the whole family with stuff for kids to do, crafts and entertainment in the park. Go to http://downtownkelowna.com for the complete lineup.
Premier John Horgan has announced a $100 monthly increase to income assistance and disability rates. The NDP says it will move BC from one of the lowest assistance rates to the third-highest among the provinces. The increases will take effect September 20th. Horgan also wasted no time and putting his own people in charge of various government agencies. Probably the most high-profile one is former MLA Joy McPhail who is now the chair of ICBC. During her time in government, MacPhail served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and Labour among other portfolios.
Two of West Kelowna’s sports fields are getting lit up thanks to a contribution from the federal government’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The LED lighting at the Lower Boucherie and Rosewood Sports fields is being installed now and should be ready to go by September when daylight hours start to dwindle.
Kelowna RCMP are asking for public assistance in locating 33 year old Christina Asher. She was reportedly last seen in Kelowna on June 28th but wasn’t reported missing until July 14th. Anyone with information is asked to call Kelowna RCMP or CrimeStoppers. Description of Christina Asher: Caucasian female, 33 yrs old, 5’ 4″ 122 lbs, brown hair & eyes
And Mr. Trump must be happy that for at least part of one day the fake news media’s attention wasn’t focused on him. OJ Simpson has been granted parole after serving nine of a 33-year sentence for his convictions in Las Vegas in 2008. He will be released with a number of conditions October 1st when he is eligible.
CFL last night in Hamilton, it went down to almost the last play of the game for Edmonton to beat Hamilton 31-28.
The Lions host the Blue Bombers tonight at 7. The game’s on TSN.
In Boston yesterday, the Blue Jays hung on to beat the Red Sox 8-6. Toronto starts a weekend series in Cleveland tonight.
In the quarterfinals at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Phoenix, Jamaica beat Canada 2-1.
And in NASCAR news, Hendrick Motorsports has picked 24-year-old Alex Bowman to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement next season. Junior is retiring from driving at age 42.