After what’s been a relatively calm week in BC forests so far, the Wildfire Centre is concerned about gusty winds in the forecast for the interior. But there is some good news… the back country ban in the Cariboo is being lifted. However off-road vehicles are still not allowed in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast fire centres. And of course campfires are out of the question.
A couple of local fires remain under investigation by BC Wildfire. There has been lots of speculation as to what caused the grass fire by Black Mountain on Tuesday, especially as it was right alongside Highway 33, but BC Wildfire continues its investigation. The agency is also looking into the small fire at Oyama Lake which is in the mountains east of Oyama.
A man who caught two teens breaking into a car was beaten up for his troubles on Sundance Drive in West Kelowna last week. RCMP managed to track down the sixteen-year-old boy and 15 year old girl after a brief chase in the Shannon Lake area. The victim was hit with a baton and rock and needed treatment for his injuries.
Have you ever found it difficult to have “that’ talk with your kids? No, not that one, the one about marijuana. Health Canada has partnered with Drug Free Kids Canada to support the Cannabis Talk Kit. It’s a package designed to provide parents with information about how to talk with their teens about pot. We’ve put a link to it in our news blog in the Features tab on the website.
DROWNING WOOD LAKE
A number of local agencies were involved yesterday when a young man went under while swimming in Wood Lake and didn’t resurface. Firefighters eventually pulled him from about 8 feet of water, however he was unresponsive to CPR on the rescue boat. He was transferred to Kelowna General where the 31 year old Alberta man was pronounced dead.
A missed parole appointment led to a man being found injured at a home in Kelowna Tuesday night. Police had gone to the home looking for the man and the series of events led to the Emergency Response Team being called in to help. A robot showed he was in the house possibly injured, so RCMP went in and he was taken to hospital for treatment and assessment.
BIG WHITE FIRE
Firefighters from Joe Rich and Kelowna were called in to help the locals from Big White after a fire broke out at the Monashee Inn condo at the resort. It started in an area where a construction crew was working on decking with a torch. The fire broke out about 1:30 and took quite a while to bring under control. A damage assessment on the renovation has yet to be done.
SALLY ANN CARNIVAL
If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids this afternoon head to the Salvation Army campus on Sutherland Avenue for their annual carnival. There’s no charge and it includes games, food, a bouncy castle and even a dunk tank. It kicks off at 4pm and runs until 7 at 1480 Sutherland.
WILLIAM & HARRY
In a new interview with the BBC, princes William and Harry talk about the death of their mother, Princess Diana, 20 years ago this month. Harry was critical of the paparazzi, saying instead of helping her, the people that caused the accident were taking pictures of her dying in the back seat of the car. He also gave his father, Prince Charles, credit, saying he tried to do his best and to make sure that they were protected and looked after.
Preseason got underway for the BC Hockey League’s West Kelowna Warriors last night with a 6-3 loss to Penticton.
Week 10 in the CFL begins tonight with the six and 2 Blue Bombers, taking on the three and five Alouettes in Montreal. The BC Lions play Saturday in Ottawa
Two games in the NFL preseason tonight. Miami is at Philadelphia and Jacksonville hosts Carolina.
The PGA Tour stop this weekend is the Northern Trust Open. This year it is being played at Glen Oaks in Iowa. Last year at Riviera, it was won by Bubba Watson
In Tampa last night home runs from five different players helped the Blue Jays to a 7-6 win. They’ll play again this morning just after 10.