DIAMOND CREEK FIRE (Above Photo)
So much for border security. The massive Diamond Creek fire in Washington state that has been burning for weeks has now crossed the border into Canada. It’s in a remote area near Border Lake, about 70 kilometres west of Osoyoos. That’s the fire that’s been dropping ash all over the Okanagan for a couple of days now.
With reduced fire activity overnight, more Joe Rich residents were allowed to return home. Those who remain evacuated live on 35 properties along Philpott Road. Meantime the Elephant Hill fire in the Cariboo exploded on two fronts due to strong winds and moved closer to cabins around Green Lake, Watch Lake and Highway 24. New evacuation orders were issued yesterday.
Because of the continuing battle against the Philpott Road Wildfire, the province has implemented an area restriction. That means no one can go into the restricted area without prior permission unless they live in that area. Here’s the link to the info:
DRUG OVERDOSE AWARENESS
Told you about this earlier this week. International Drug Overdose Awareness Day is today and the Kelowna chapter of Mom’s Stop The Harm is marking it with two events. From 10-1 at Evangel Church on Gordon Drive there will be speakers sharing their personal stories and info on community service providers. Tonight from 8-10 at The Sails downtown there will be a candle light vigil with music and an open mic.
The BC Coroners Service says there were seven suspected overdose deaths in the Kelowna area just in the past week. The exact causes of death will be confirmed once their investigations are complete. Interior Health says illicit drug deaths are occurring in private homes as well as in public spaces.
Bad drivers in Kelowna kept police and tow truck operators busy on Tuesday. RCMP say just over a dozen vehicles for taking off the streets for excessive speeding. In just a two hour period, officers stopped 31 violators, who were allegedly caught on their cellular devices, not wearing their seatbelts, or in the majority of cases, speeding over the posted speed limit. Don’t forget school zone speed limits begin again next week.
They’re not quite ready to start digging yet, but Kelowna Council has endorsed one of the two options for the Capri-Landmark Plan. It includes opening up Ritchie Brook – a long-hidden waterway that was once used to irrigate area orchards, and the realigning of Sutherland Avenue so it connects through from Burtch Road to Spall. The plan will be refined in the coming months before a public consultation this fall.
It was 20 years ago today that the world was shocked to hear of the death of Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris. She was called ‘The People’s Princess’ because of the things she did such as be a nanny, a part time cook and teach kindergarten. Her son, Prince Harry, recently criticised the paparazzi for not helping her right after the crash, instead, taking pictures.
Texas governor Greg Abbott says the worst is not yet over for the southeast part of the state in the wake of hurricane Harvey. More than 27 people are reported dead and large parts of Houston, Port Arthur and Beaumont remain underwater. Flash flood warnings of now been issued in neighbouring Louisiana as the storm moves on.
BCHL preseason play in Penticton last night, the West Kelowna Warriors lost 7-5 to the Vees. Warriors now 2 & 2.
The Blue Jays start a weekend series in Baltimore later today. Last night in Toronto, they lost their 3rd straight to Boston. The score was 7-1
The NFL wraps up its preseason tonight with 15 games including Seattle at Oakland at 7. There were supposed to be 16 games but the Texans/Cowboys game was cancelled so players could return home because of Harvey. Regular season begins next Thursday.
Week 11 in the CFL kicks off with one game tonight. Ottawa is in Montreal at 430. The BC Lions are off this week.
In an effort to do almost anything for a win the Hamilton Tiger-Cats apparently worked out partying and drinking quarterback Johnny Manziel last week. But TSN says the team decided there were too many red flags.
Pickleball anyone? Four new pickleball courts have opened at Rutland Recreation Park. They’re open to the public free of charge on a first-come first-served basis, subject to rules posted at the courts.
PGA Tour stop this week is the Dell Technologies championship at TPC Boston… but it doesn’t begin until tomorrow and will wrap up on Labour Day . One of the interesting pairings for the first two days is that of Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.