There was some good news related to the wild fires in BC on the weekend. Residents who had been evacuated from the Princeton and 100 Mile House areas were allowed to go home. However they remain on evacuation alert in case things flare up again. Officials in Williams Lake are making sure the infrastructure is ready to support a return of residents there. As of yesterday there were 152 blazes being fought by 4,000 fire fighters and support staff along with 191 aircraft.
As we start a new week don’t forget that the number of parts in the central Okanagan are closed because of the extreme fire hazard. Check your city’s website to find out which ones along with the regional district. And a reminder that smoking is banned in all city and Regional District park and officials tell us the tolerance for breaking that ban is low and people will be fined $500 if caught.
Shoppers at Walmart in West Kelowna had a difficult time buying cold stuff yesterday. One of the refrigeration units broke down forcing them to throw out thousands of dollars in meat, cheese and dairy products. There might be some products back on the shelves today if they can get a supply in after the refrigeration unit gets fixed.
Kelowna fire crews tackled a blaze in a garage on Dillon Place near Quarry Park Saturday evening. When they arrived the contents and roof were on fire, but the 15 fire fighters that responded were able to put it out quickly. It’s believed to have been caused by an electrical malfunction.
LAKE COUNTRY FIRE
RCMP investigators are continuing their investigation into the Lake Country fire which destroyed eight homes. A tip line has been set up for anyone who may have seen or heard something to call them. Police are pretty sure it was human caused and say it’s help from the public that solves many of these cases. The number is 250-707-8025.
125 people are now involved in removing sandbags along private property in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country. More crews will be moving into Peachland and Oyama this week. If you need to get some picked up, you need to register to do that. Remember that sandbags are not allowed to be emptied into any creeks, lakes, wetland, beaches or other waterways
Be warned that the water cops are out on the streets in Rutland. The waterworks system is running above normal levels in the hot weather because property owners aren’t playing by the rules. Odd numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and even numbered addresses on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. If you’re busted the water could be turned off and then there would be a $65 charge to have it turned back on.
Starting today, crews will begin cleaning the spawning channel and settling pond in Mission Creek Regional Park. All work is expected to be complete by August 16th, in time the annual return of spawning Kokanee salmon. Park and Greenway visitors are asked to watch for signs and stay out of marked areas and trails when heavy equipment is operating.
HOT IN CARS
To find out how fast it gets hot in a car on summer day, a veterinarian in Maple Ridge put himself in the dog’s seat. Dr. Adrian Walton recently spent half an hour in a parked car with the windows rolled down an inch. Right off the bat, the temperature inside was at 38 degrees. Within TWO minutes, it shot up 10 more degrees. Soon, the temperature on the dashboard hit 65 degrees. Walton says he won’t even leave his dog in the car with the AC running.
The Claret Jug went home from Royal Birkdale with Jordan Spieth. He finished The Open Championship at 12 under, 3 shots ahead of Matt Kuchar. Canadian Austin Connelly finished at 2 under, tied with the likes of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. The Canadian Open at Glen Abbey begins Thursday.
25-year-old local professional cyclist, Jordan Cheyne, won the third annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc, breaking the existing 60K race record with his time of one hour, 48 minutes and 10 seconds – 12 minutes faster than last year’s winner.
Week 5 in the CFL actually ends tonight, with Ottawa, who beat Montreal last Wednesday to start the week, taking on the Argos in Toronto at 4:30. And in case you missed it, BC remains tied with Edmonton for first place in the West after the Lions beat Winnipeg on Friday night.
The Jays wrapped up a weekend in Cleveland losing all 3 games by a combined score of 25-5. Toronto begins a 7 game home stand today against western teams, kicking off a 4 game series with Oakland at 4.
BC won the Overall Team Title at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. BC won a total of 176 medals, 12 more than Saskatchewan. BC also took the title at the 2014 N-A-I-G in Regina.
El Salvador’s Henry Romero was suspended for 6 games and Darwin Ceren for 3 for allegedly biting players during Wednesday’s Gold Cup soccer quarter-final loss to the United States. CONCACAF said it was for “anti-sporting behavior.”