Archives for August 2015
Testalinda Fire Area – grown to nearly 3800 hectares – 60 percent contained
Fire spread Friday to Reed Creek area/Upper Fairview – Ripley, Burnell (Sawmill), Madden Lake recreational areas add to the list of properties and areas evacuated.
This morning – wind calm, aerial support action after 8am. No reports of any injury or loss.
Ministry contractor busy in the interface installing sprinkler systems on or near homes.
Area is restricted and security guards active in the area. Most of those evacuated staying with family or friends. 11 names registered at Evac Centre at last report.
The recreational areas around Burnell (Sawmill) Lake, Ripley Lake and Madden Lake, to the west
of Oliver have been placed within an expanded Evacuation Order issued Friday. The
Regional District is asking that people stay away from all Crown Land areas south of Orofino
Creek Road in the Burnell (Sawmill) Lake, Ripley Lake and Madden Lake areas.
This expanded area only includes Crown Land recreation sites. No new private homes or
properties have been included as a part of this expansion of the existing Evacuation Order.
Twenty seven (27) properties or homes along Fairview Road, Old Golf Course Road and
Willowbrook Road, have been evacuated.
An Emergency Support Service Reception Centre has been activated at the Oliver Community
Centre at 6359 Park Drive. The Reception Centre can be contacted by phone at 250-809-
8430. All property owners and residents affected by this Evacuation Order should register with
the Reception Centre.
The number of homes or properties remaining under Evacuation Alert due to the Testalinda
Creek Wildfire is now 258.
The Regional District would like residents within the remaining Evacuation Alert area to be
prepared to evacuate if required.
The Oliver fire began Aug. 14 about seven kms south of town, is about 37-square kilometres in size.
Meanwhile, the B.C. wildfire service said 232 firefighters, 11 helicopters and 21 pieces of heavy equipment are battling the flames. The fire is one of 169 fires burning across the province.
Environment Canada is forecasting showers and a risk of thunderstorms in the area on Saturday and showers on Sunday.
About Valley First Challenge Penticton
Valley First Challenge Penticton is the oldest long-distance triathlon in North America. The 2015 race will be 33rd running of the event. Tens of thousands of athletes have crossed the finish line since 1983. The week-long family festival culminates in the running of a triathlon featuring a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike and 42.2 km marathon run, and also features a Challenge Half distance triathlon, and relays over both distances. The course through the South Okanagan is challenging due to hill climbs, strong winds and high heat. The event attracts more than one thousand participants and thousands of spectators, and has a year-round effect on the local economy as athletes visit the region to train in the weeks and months leading up to the race. Valley First Challenge Penticton is part of the Challenge Family series of events, which is known for providing superior athlete experiences and memorable events.
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The recreational areas around Burnell (Sawmill) Lake, Ripley Lake and Madden Lake, to the west of Oliver, BC, have been placed within an expanded Evacuation Order issued earlier today. The Regional District is asking that people stay away from all Crown Land areas south of Orofino Creek Road in the Burnell (Sawmill) Lake, Ripley Lake and Madden Lake areas.
This expanded area only includes Crown Land recreation sites. No new private homes or properties have been included as a part of this expansion of the existing Evacuation Order issued earlier today.
Evacuation Order for Testalinda Creek Wildfire
Due to the movement of the forest fire northwards, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has placed a NEW Evacuation Order.
Twenty seven (27) properties or homes along Fairview Road, Old Golf Course Road and Willowbrook Road, will be evacuated. These homes were placed on Evacuation Alert last night.
An Emergency Support Service Reception Centre has been activated at the Oliver Community Centre at 6359 Park Dr, Oliver. The Reception Centre can be contacted by phone at 250-809-8430. All property owners and residents affected by this Evacuation Order should register with the Reception Centre.
The number of homes or properties remaining under Evacuation Alert due to the wildfire is now 273.
The Regional District would like residents within the remaining Evacuation Alert area to be prepared to evacuate if required. Residents should be prepared for the evacuation order by:
• Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside
the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.
• Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e.
insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes
(photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure.
• Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.
• Making arrangements to move pets and livestock to a safe area. Call the Canadian
Disaster Animal Response Team CDART at 250-809-7150 for assistance.
• Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation,
Reception Centres will be opened if required.
• Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of
For more information please visit www.rdos.bc.ca
Talked to Ernie Dumais at the head of the Fairview Rd draw and he said – “gotta go” five minutes to get out.
Search and Rescue personnel handing out orders. Oliver Fire Department assisting with water, bladders for ministry firefighters.
Firefighters assembling at Old Golf Course and Fairview Roads
Helicopters going back and forth with water drops. Still smoky and windy in the area
Dumais said he had been informed that the fire had cross over the road near the upper entrance to Sawmill Lake on the Cawston to Fairview Rd. (not on Willowbrook Rd)*
Is it just me or does everyone get in the wrong line-up in the bank or the supermarket?
Upon entering any banking institution I seem to be faced with three or four checkers, all perfectly nice looking young ladies, however, one of the tellers has a trainee in tow.
As I wait my turn in the line up, I watch what is going on at all the counters. The trainee seems to be doing fine but each transaction has to be explained to her, rather slowing things down, I hope I do not get her today.
One of the other tellers is a chatterbox and keeps her customers rather a long time. She is good at public relations but today I just want to bank and go. I hope she will not be waiting on me.
The other two tellers seem to be doing their job efficiently and making small talk while working. I hope for either one of these girls. When I am just second in line, one of the girls puts up a closed sign and goes for lunch. I cross my fingers for the other efficient one and, believe it or not, she is the next open slot.
With a self satisfied smirk, I claim miss efficiency’s counter and begin my transaction. However, my luck has just run out and the girl with the trainee in tow comes over with a question. Several minutes elapse whilst explanations are made and various paperwork is rustled through.
By now, the last customer has been served and one of the tellers is standing idle. I would love to move to her station but feel it would be rude. Not wanting to be thought rude, I stay and quietly seethe while the three young women fiddle about with various papers.
I am not sure if she sees smoke coming out of my ears, but my teller calls to the girl who is unoccupied and asks if she would take over my transaction. My banking is completed but, still in a snit, I go out the door and almost trio over a young girl begging for spare change. It is not my normal policy to give money to street kids, I prefer to buy them food, however, I feel so ashamed of myself for my mean feelings in the bank, that I give her money.
My life is great, I am able to deposit money in the bank and the only thing that has upset me is having to wait for a few extra minutes. The young girl begging has no money, may not know where she will sleep tonight and is probably hungry. She is in no hurry as she has nowhere to go. I resolve to be a better person and not let silly little things make me angry.
With my new resolve I go down the street to the supermarket, do my shopping and head for the checkout. Only three are open, all with a line up, so here I go again, wondering which of these checkers will get through her line up first. I chose one which I know is always a quick worker and get in line.
As usual, I read the front covers of the magazines which offer instant weight loss, report on which star is sleeping with another star’s husband and interviews with people who have been abducted by aliens. All nonsense but make the time pass quicker and take my mind off the candy bars which are lined up enticingly between me and the checkout stand.
Two women who have lined up behind me start to gossip about someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer. I try to hear the name of the person but only hear the first name mentioned. My mind does an instant recall of all the women I know with that first name. They then go on with an interesting titbit of information regarding someone who is cheating on her husband. I strain my ears to listen in but, the next checkout opens and both women hurry to line up in it.
Feeling rather deflated I turn my attention back to the line up in front of me. Only two customers left and the one in front of me only has a few items. She gets her few things on to the moving belt and then asks for cigarettes. There is another short conversation regarding the brands of cigarettes, then the woman is ready to pay. I notice how horribly expensive the cigarettes are, they cost more than the few groceries she has. While I have been looking at the cost of the smoking habit, I had not noticed that the woman now had her chequebook out.
I can’t believe that she is writing cheques, does she not know the joy of an instant bankcard? However, she not only writes a cheque, she asks for extra money from her account, to be added to the bill. The whole transaction takes maybe one minute but, to those waiting in line, it seems like a lifetime. I would never be so inconsiderate.
The checker has got nearly all my groceries put into my reusable shopping bags when I remember I was out of bananas. I race down to the produce aisle and grab a bunch then race back and throw them on the counter. The woman behind me gives me a dirty look, I don’t know what is the matter with her, it only took me a minute to get the bananas, is she in such a hurry that it made any difference to her day? Thank goodness I am not like her and always in such a hurry. Life is too short to get upset about waiting in line, What is the matter with people?
The Show, the 32nd annual, is open to all artisans in the South Okanagan and as far east as Rock Creek, and Keremeos in the west. No theme this year enables all to choose their own favorite subject. All entries must be in by September 11, 2015.
The Show takes place in the Oliver Community Center Hall October 3 and October 4th. The competition awards winners in nine categories: watercolor, oil, acrylic, fibre art, three dimensional, photography, other media, junior artists and “Best of Show”. Artists are able to either sell their pieces or exhibit only.
Check out everything you need to know by downloading the guidelines and entry forms from the website
www.oliverartscouncil.org or call Sally at 250-498-0104.
To enter the 2015 Fall Art Show and Sale (FASS), click on the links below to download an entry form and the terms and guidelines. These forms are new this year. Please read them over carefully! NO theme for the 2015 show. FASS 2015 Entry Form FASS 2015 Terms Guidelines
All the above forms should be returned to the Oliver Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1711, Oliver BC V0H 1T0 except where listed. All cheques (where required) should be made out to “Oliver Community Arts Council”. Ask for more information about forms at OliverCAC @ gmail.com
The Testalinden Creek wildfire, burning seven kilometres south of Oliver, is now estimated at over 3170 hectares.
Eleven helicopters and 232 personnel continue to work towards establishing containment.
Southerly winds are shifting aiding in lifting of the heavy smoke from the Washington fires. This will allow increase use of air support and assist with fire fighting efforts.
Shifting winds have increased activity on the fire last evening and smoke with open flame is visible from Oliver and along Highway 97, as combustible material burns on the slopes around Testalinden and Hester Creeks.
Due to recent gusty winds the NW flank has progressed north to the head of Tinhorn Creek. BC Wildfire Service personnel continue their efforts around the clock using heavy equipment, air support and all available resources on this NW flank.
Expanded evacuation ALERT area now in affect.
Due to the potential of increased winds and wildfire growth in the uplands of Kobau Mountain,
the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has expanded the Evacuation Alert for the
Testalinden Creek fire area northwards.
Properties along Tinhorn Creek, Old Golf Course Road, West Ave, Cellar Road, Chokecherry Lane, the west side of Sumac Street and portions of Fairview Road and Willowbrook Road are now under Evacuation Alert.
The Regional District would like residents within the Evacuation Alert area to be prepared to
evacuate if required. Residents in these areas will be contacted shortly informing them of steps
to take to prepare for potential evacuation.
The total number of homes or properties placed under Evacuation Alert due to the Testalinden Creek Wildfire is now 285.
Residents and agriculturists along the Crown Land interface are advised to water interface areas
up to 3 hours each day. Residents and agriculturists outside the Evacuation Alert area within
the Oliver, BC area are asked to conserve water as much as possible to ensure water is available
To see all the affected areas – street by street go to the RDOS website www.rdos.bc.ca
Generally those now on alert include areas downslope from Fairview Mtn. Golf course including:
Old Golf Course Road, Chokecherry Ln, Cellar Rd, *Knippelberg Rd, Sumac St. Road 5, Willowbrook Rd, Fairview Rd (above 1400), Tinhorn Creek Rd, West Avenue.
All addresses given west of Sumac Street.
*incorrect spelling on maps and signs
- Promote and identify tourism opportunities and activities within the Town of Oliver and surrounding area
- Encourage and support tourism initiatives that will benefit the Town of Oliver and surrounding area
- Develop and market the Destination Brand of “The Wine Capital of Canada”
Chair of the Oliver Tourism Association