KNOX FIRE (Above Photo: Bob Schnurr)
It got a lot hearts racing yesterday afternoon when a plume of smoke was spotted on Knox Mountain. The Kelowna Fire Department along with helicopters and air tankers from BC Wildfire service were able to surround it and soak it in quick order before it reached 1 hectare in size. It started above the 2nd lookout and police say they’re looking for the people who may have been involved in starting it. Don’t forget that there is no smoking in any parks.
A wildfire that broke out north of Naramata above the KVR at Turnbull Creek, was contained quickly Saturday afternoon. A number of helicopters and ground crews jumped into action and had it surrounded in a couple of hours. It had grown to about two hectares but did not threaten any buildings.
BC Wildfire is calling it ‘a beast’. The Elephant Hill fire, which started near Ashcroft on the 6th has now grown to more than 70,000 hectares. On the weekend an increase in wind and a change in direction forced the evacuation of Clinton and properties in the Green Lake area. As of yesterday afternoon there were 150 wildfires burning in BC.
Residents of the Kelowna-West riding will be going to the polls sometime in the next 7 months. MLA and Liberal leader Christy Clark has announced she is leaving politics, again, this Friday. Clark had been an MLA from 1996 before leaving in 2005 to become a radio talk show host for a while. She jumped back into politics in 2011 when Gordon Campbell resigned as Liberal leader.
The curbside catch basin battle against mosquitoes resumes today through Friday in many neighbourhoods across the Central Okanagan. Weather permitting, crews will drop water soluble pouches containing pellets of an environmentally approved mosquito larvicide into 10,000 catch basins from Peachland to Lake Country.
West Kelowna is closing the pedestrian bridge over McDougall Creek along Shannon Lake Road today. It will stay that way for at least a week as excavation and construction will take place close by. The pedestrian bridge will be reopened once it is safe to do so. Work replacing the traffic bridge on Shannon Lake Road is expected to take until October.
A veterinary clinic in Port Coquitlam caused a stir on the weekend when it posted a picture on its Facebook page of the covered body of a dog that have been left in a car during the heat. It is not as hot on the Lower Mainland as it is here but it still serves as a reminder as to what can happen when you leave your pets in your car in the summertime. Don’t do it.
As BC Hydro crews were restoring power in Ashcroft after the fire, they discovered two kestrel chicks that were nested in a transmission pole that was being replaced. The chicks were taken to the Wildlife Park Rehabilitation Centre in Kamloops, where they are undergoing care to eventually be released back into the wild.
Canadian Open at Glen Abbey went to a playoff between Charlie Hoffman and Jhonattan Vegas, which Vegas won on the first extra hole. Both players had finished regulation at 21 under par.
British Senior Open in Wales was won by Bernhard Langer who shot a 4-under 280 to finish 3 shots ahead of Corey Pavin.
Okanagan Sun won their season opener 19-15 over the defending champion Westshore Rebels.
CFL standings after week 6 find the BC Lions dropping to 3rd in the west after losing to Edmonton who remains in 1st, and Calgary’s trouncing of Hamilton. In the east, Toronto is in first place two points up on Montreal and three on Ottawa while Hamilton has yet to win a game
Blue Jays begin a three-game series in Chicago today against the White Sox. Yesterday they scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull off an 11 to 10 win over the LA Angels.