FIRES (Above photo: Screenshot from BC Wildfire video west of Quesnel)
As was feared, the cooler, wetter weather over the weekend also brought lightning to the central interior. A number of new fires were started by lightning in the Cariboo around 100 Mile House on Saturday while strong winds brought life back to other fires. That brought the total number of fires burning to 163. The Elephant Hill Fire between 70 Mile House and Cache Creek continues to grow, last estimated at over 149-thousand hectares. And the new lightning-caused fire near Canim Lake forced a number of evacuations. The Shambhala Music Festival in the Kootenays told people to leave Saturday because of a nearby fire, but yesterday morning, organizers decided the final day of the show would go ahead as planned.
In case you missed it and were planning to play in the Cariboo backcountry – forget about it. All Crown land in the Cariboo Fire Centre is off limits, with just a few exceptions until at least Labour Day. Fire officials are concerned about an errant spark creating more problems than the natural ones they have to deal with. Here’s a link to the order, which includes a map.
Fire fighters in Lake Country were quick to jump on a small fire in Winfield Saturday evening. A shed caught fire along Highway 97 and wind blew the flames up a hillside. Local crews were able to contain the blaze with the help of fire fighters from BC Wildfire and a couple of helicopters.
A power transformer blew up in Rutland Saturday morning, knocking out power to about 6,000 customers – but it could have been worse. Sparks rained down into a backyard along Dougall Road, setting the grass on fire. Luckily the homeowner was able to douse it with a garden hose before it got out of control. The fire department drowned the area when they arrived shortly after.
COPS 4 KIDS
RCMP say if you get a phone call claiming to be fundraising for the Cops for Kids charity, ask a lot of questions. Police say some people have been getting aggressive and high pressure calls, seeking credit card donations. The RCMP doesn’t do any fundraising by telephone.
A would be stunt-biker from Alberta has been in hospital with serious injuries after popping one too many wheelies. Sounds like he had been showing off in a parking lot in Rutland when his bravado proved greater than his skill and he crashed, getting pinned under a pickup. RCMP say wearing proper safety gear probably saved him from worse injuries.
A 21 foot powerboat that was stolen from Mara Lake in Sicamous back in May has been recovered by Kelowna RCMP. They were attached to a pickup truck that had been pulled over as part of a suspected impaired driving situation on Glenmore Drive. The 30 year old Kelowna driver blew almost twice the legal limit and now faces a number of charges.
This could be interesting for anyone who pays attention to U-S politics. Former FBI director James Comey has signed a book deal for a publication to be released next spring. Comey of course was fired by Donald Trump as he was leading the investigation into alleged ties between the president’s campaign and the Russians
The BC Lions were embarrassed at Mosaic Field yesterday, losing 41-8 to Saskatchewan. BC hosts Calgary on Friday in what will be a battle for second place in the CFL west.
NFL preseason wrapped up its first of four weeks yesterday. The Seahawks dumped the L-A Chargers 48-17 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California.
Okanagan Sun won their third straight football game on Saturday beating the Langley Rams 34 to 17.
At the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, there were bronze medals for a couple of local athletes on the final day. Robert Blaskovits of West Kelowna and Morgan Nichols of Oyama are bringing home hardware from volleyball. Kelowna’s Sadie Taylor-Parks was on the women’s volleyball team that finished seventh and Sam Manley-McDonald & Carl Vandekraats were on the men’s soccer team that finished eighth. Overall BC finished second with 146 medals, it’s best ever haul. Ontario was first with 212 and Quebec was third with 138.
He’s 24 years old, 5’10” and 145 pounds, but Justin Thomas is also The Players Championship winner. He finished at 8 under par and pocketed almost 1.9 Million dollars. Graham DeLaet finished four shots back.
In international hockey, Canada’s summer Under-18 team won its ninth gold medal in 10 years at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. The guys, including Nolan Foote of the Rockets beat the Czech Republic 4-1.
Sad news from the hockey world as Bryan Murray, the veteran NHL coach and general manager who led the Ottawa Senators to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2007, has died at 74. He was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2014.