Archives for June 2015
Source: Global Okanagan
A large one storey commercial building in the 2600 block of 48th Avenue in Vernon has been destroyed by fire.
The fire started around 6:30 Tuesday evening. Fire crews and police responded.
RCMP blocked 48th Avenue in front of the building, causing traffic tie ups.
The building housed the Social Assistance office for the North Okanagan
Due to the current condition of “high” fire danger rating in our regional area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is implementing a TEMPORARY FIRE BAN.
Effective at noon on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 and until further notice, all open burning, including campfires, fireworks, will be prohibited in the RDOS in conjunction with the municipalities of Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton, Village of Keremeos, Hedley Improvement District and the Ministry of Forest and Range, BC Forest Service – Kamloops Fire Centre
This open burning ban is in effect to protect public safety and to limit the risk of person-caused wildfires. This ban does not restrict fires in cooking stoves using gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating (providing the flame height does not exceed 15 centimeters) but does restrict fires in portable wood burning fireplaces and campfires.
Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for up to $345.00 per incident. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may also be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.
The RDOS thanks the public in advance for their cooperation in complying with this temporary fire ban.
On Wednesday June 17th, 2015 at 03:00 PM, a male was brought to the Okanagan Regional Hospital with serious injuries suffered as a result of an assault.
The injures were substantial, requiring the patient be transferred to another Hospital for treatment. The investigation is ongoing with multiple witnesses being interviewed, warrants have been executed for evidence in relation to the investigation.
The investigation has expanded to other police jurisdictions and is being acted upon by Major Crime Units in these locations and is ongoing.
Sgt. Blaine Gervais
Crime scene 1211 McKinney Rd
Police officers were at the crime scene for two days indicating a serious situation.
Oliver RCMP are being assisted in their investigation by specialized units from the Penticton and Kelowna RCMP.
File Number: 2015-2827 Assault
On June 17th 2015, at 2:56 p.m. the Oliver RCMP received a report of a 43 year old man who had arrived at South Okanagan General Hospital suffering from serious injuries. It is suspected that the man received the injuries from a targeted assault and the public are not at risk.
The man was assessed at local hospital, then immediately transported to a specialized hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. This investigation is still in its early stages.
Three councillors and their families going to a war memorial in Europe. Clarence Louie flew out early for speaking engagements in other parts of the continent.
Leona Baptiste, Sammy Jo Louie and Yvonne Weinert are joined by family members in the trip.
Ernest Baptiste (Batiste) George died in December 13 1944 at the age of 26 and is buried at VILLANOVA CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY Italy
KAMLOOPS – Effective at noon on Friday, July 3, 2015, all open fires –
including campfires – will be prohibited throughout the entire
Kamloops Fire Centre. This prohibition will remain in place until the
public is otherwise notified.
This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and
protect public safety. A map of the area covered by this open burning
prohibition and campfire ban is available online at:
The fire danger rating is currently “high” throughout the Kamloops
Fire Centre, with some areas rated “extreme”. With the current trend
of warm and dry weather, wildfires in the region have displayed
aggressive behaviour and have required additional firefighting
resources. Human-caused wildfires can divert critical resources and
crews from responding to naturally occurring wildfires.
In addition to campfires, this prohibition applies to open fires of
any size, industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches, sky lanterns
and burning barrels. This prohibition does not apply to cooking
stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire
apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid fuel
or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15
This burning prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private
lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government
that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire
department. Please check with local government authorities for any
other restrictions before lighting any fire.
What is a Microburst?
A microburst is a localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm and is usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface. There are two primary types of microbursts: 1) wet microbursts and 2) dry microbursts.
Wet microbursts are accompanied by significant precipitation and are common in the during the summer months
Bee Banner – photograph by Linda Anderson
Terrifying. Destruction. Wall of hail, rain and wind.
It came over the Orofino ridge and hit the Willowbrook bowl with a vengeance Monday shortly before 4pm
It twisted out many coniferous trees including the main landmark at the mail boxes. The wind described as a wall of grey so that you could not see the sky or anything in front of you. Dozens of large trees down, no power, no phone, no water. Lots of rain fell but no sign of it today.
Trees down on houses, roads, lines down……. Still no power or water 6:36 am
About 4pm Monday emergency crews in OK Falls and Willowbrook notified of power lines down on Green Lake Rd.
ODN notified of no power in the Secrest area as well but it was restored at 11:15 pm
Red dots indicate fires being watched and worked on
Flames indicates large area, evacuation notice etc.
Last updated: Monday, June 29, 2015
Location: Zamora, near Westbridge, 11 km North of Rock Creek
Discovered: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Size: 26.0 hectares
• 0% contained
Evacuation Alert is in effect, affecting 10 people.
An evacuation alert has been put in place by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary along with Emergency Management BC for three homes in the area.
Cause: Lightning Caused
Resources working on Monday
• 21 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
• 1 airtankers
Source King 5
Updates on the Sleepy Hollow Fire:
•24 homes destroyed, hundreds of residents evacuated
•Embers also sparked a fire that destroyed three warehouses in downtown Wenatchee
•Level 3 and 2 evacuations in place for many
•Chelan County Emergency Management issues emergency declaration calling fire a ‘disaster’
WENATCHEE, Wash. – Authorities say a wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds has destroyed at least 24 homes in Chelan County. The fire has burned 4,000 acres or 6.25 square miles in less than a day.
Embers also caused a raging fire at cardboard recycling facility in downtown Wenatchee, which spread to two other nearby warehouses. All three businesses were total losses, according to the Washington State Patrol. A food processing business that was destroyed has been family-run for a century.
A shelter in place was lifted for residents living within a half mile south of the Blue Bird facility after an ammonia leak dissipated.
Chelan County Emergency Management issued an emergency declaration on Monday for the wildfire named the Sleepy Hollow Fire.
10:10 AM PDT Monday 29 June 2015
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:
- Central Okanagan – including Kelowna
- North Okanagan – including Vernon
- South Okanagan – including Penticton
Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
Risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
Conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Some of these thunderstorms may become severe. The main threat is a heavy downpour of 25mm/hour. Strong wind gusts and moderate hail are also possible.
Last week I wrote about the magnificent tree on the former Carleton MacNaughton property up McKinney way. I speculated that the tree was maybe 500 years old. Knowing how dry the area can be, I may have under estimated the age of the tree.
In the Edmonton Journal newspaper dated Wednesday June 24 2015, an article written by Bethany Lindsay and Tristin Hopper stated that a tree called the Elaho Giant, a Douglas Fir, had been saved from a wild fire. The tree’s age is estimated to be from 1000 years to 1300 years and is said to be the third largest Douglas Fir on record.
The circumference of the largest Douglas Fir in the world is 12 meters. The circumference of Carleton’s tree would be approximately 10 meters. I would think that would easily make the tree at least 1000 years of age.
On a different note, I’m reading a book called A Nature Lover In British Columbia which is written by HJ Parham ( H J ). It is a book that Wally once possessed, one of my sister’s then owned it and she gave it to me. It is a wonderfully delightful book which gives a view of how the South Okanagan was during the early 1900’s.
A note worthy story is about how H J traveled. Besides horseback and buggy, he also had a rowboat. In the spring of 1906, he rowed from Kelowna to Penticton and back on several different occasions. He also rowed from Penticton to Vaseau Lake where he lived, and made trips down to Osoyoos Lake. He rowed by himself as well as rowing with passengers and fellow rowers.
He mentioned starting one row boat trip from the Oliver bridge.
I remember riding the school bus when the wooden Oliver bridge was being replaced with fill. The river had been straightened and the bridge was no longer practical. Besides, the oxbows were being filled in to be used for other purposes. Wasn’t that what Carter’s Crater was, part of the oxbow?
H J described the area from McIntyre Creek to Vaseau Lake as being one large meadow. When you look at the area today the only thing that resembles a meadow is Thompson’s hay field. My, how land can change in a hundred years.
The area just north of McIntyre Creek at present is scrub pine, bunch grass, and something we mistakenly called sage brush. I’ve Googled for information on the identity of the scrubby bush but have come up empty handed. Perhaps the readers of this column could identify the bush for me?
I look forward to your answers.
Osoyoos RCMP Media Release
Possible Drowning – Osoyoos Lake
On June 28th, 2015 at 1757 hours the Osoyoos RCMP received a report of a missing male on Osoyoos Lake. Occupants of a sail boat were flagged down by a female floating in distress in the middle of the lake north of the Osoyoos marina. The female advised she had been on a sea-doo with a male when the two fell. The sea-doo was drifting 50-100 feet away from the female. The female had not seen the male driver since they fell off. Early indication is that the male was not wearing a life preserver. An extensive search of the lake was conducted by police and assisted by many civilian boats. The search was suspended at sundown. Poor weather hampered early search efforts this morning however a current break in the weather has allowed the Osoyoos RCMP with the assistance of Oliver and Penticton Search and Rescue to recommence the search. The RCMP dive team is also assisting in the search. Missing is a 34 year old male resident of West Vancouver. Identification of the missing male is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Cpl. Jason Bayda