EVACUEES (Above Photo: BC Wildfire)
Kelowna and West Kelowna are ready to accept over one thousand wildfire evacuees from the central interior. Emergency Services is arranging temporary group accommodations rather than have everyone stay in 1 or 2 places. Arrivals are asked to register at the Salvation Army at 1480 Sutherland Avenue which is open from 11am to 8pm daily. All people on Evacuation Order must register at the Reception Centre to receive assistance even if they don’t require accommodation.
LAKE COUNTRY FIRE
58 properties in Lake Country remained on evacuation alert overnight in the wake of Saturday’s wildfire that destroyed eight homes. The Wildfire itself was reported at 75% containment and RCMP continue to patrol the area. Police are also telling the general public to stay away from the burned area.
About 50 fire fighters from Australia will be coming to BC to help the 3000-plus that are already battling the blazes this summer. They are supported by 206 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. There were 159 wildfires burning in BC yesterday and so far this year more than 188,000 hectares have burned. There is some good news – Cache Creek residents are being allowed to go home this afternoon and 100 Mile House officials are evaluating when folks may be able to return.
A 38-year old resident of Big Lake in the Cariboo tried to take advantage of those who had been evacuated by fires. But he was arrested, and has been charged with Possession of stolen property after $65,000 in heavy equipment was found at a property near Williams Lake. The Organized Crime Unit, Burnaby RCMP and Conservation officers combined in the arrest.
SAVE ON FIRES
Save on Foods has delivered a semi-trailer full of persishable and non-perishable food to keep wildfire first responders fueled in Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Clinton, and 100 Mile House. It has also delivered a full shipment of food to the Salvation Army here in Kelowna and the Kamloops Food Bank that will go towards keeping wildfire evacuees full.
The search continued yesterday for a man who disappeared in Okanagan Lake while swimming between Gyro and Kinsmen parks on the weekend. The RCMP’s dive team was brought in to try and locate the 23 year old Kamloops man.
The BC Wine Institute recognized a couple of well known Okanagan people at its annual awards. The 2017 Award of Distinction was awarded to Harry McWatters, owner of Encore Vineyards in Summerland and to Howard Soon, long-time Master Winemaker at Sandhill in Kelowna. The award is given to those who show outstanding leadership, commitment and passion for the advancement of the BC Wine Industry.
MISSING TEEN 630/8
Police are hoping the public can help them find 17 year old Jake Fehr who was last seen Thursday around midnight in his home on Chieftain Road in West Kelowna. Police and Jake’s family are concerned for his well being and are asking anyone who has any information as to his whereabouts to contact West Kelowna RCMP. Jake is described as 5’5″, 130 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes.
We get a new government in BC today. John Horgan will be sworn in as Premier and his cabinet will be announced at Government House in Victoria. Horgan was asked to form a coalition government with the Green Party after they combined to defeat the Liberals in a confidence vote last month.
The AL East basement-dwelling Toronto Blue Jays began a 4 game series in Boston last night with a 4-3 win over the division-leading Red Sox.
Travis Lulay played very well for the BC Lions in their win over Hamilton on the weekend but fans will also be happy to know that starting quarterback Jonathan Jennings is going to be okay. MRI results show no structural damage to his shoulder and the injury is now listed as a strain and the timeline to return is now week-to-week.
Dustin Johnson remains one of the favourites while Rory McIlroy’s recent struggles have seen his odds fall from 12-1 to 20-1 in the latest betting odds for The Open Championship this week. DJ and Jordan Spieth are listed at 12-1.
The quarter-finals are now set for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Houston this week. Canada will play Jamaica at 4:30 on Thursday. Both teams ended the first round with five points in their respective divisions.