Road 15 south of Oliver Thursday
Second incident in two days with a trailer home being towed
Windy weekend across the BC Interior.
The ridge of high pressure that has been dominating the weather over southern BC will give way to a cold front on Saturday.
Widespread winds of 20 to 50 km/h are expected beginning Saturday afternoon over the central and southern interior. The strong winds will push into the Kootenays by early Sunday morning. Local winds gusts up to 70 km/h are possible through some interior valleys and canyons.
The only rain accompanying the front is expected north of the Cariboo region. There is also the risk of lightning over the central and northern Interior as well as over the Kootenays and Columbias. Temperatures will drop by 6 to 8 degrees in the wake of the front Sunday. Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future.
According to the BC Wildfire Service, this forecast weather has to the potential to challenge their efforts to contain the many large wildfires currently burning across southern B.C., and could cause growth on a number of these incidents.
Wax is a substance that is malleable at room temperature, does not dissolve in water and is secreted by many animals and plants. The most well known example is bees wax used to build the honeycomb. Lanolin, from sheep wool, is a type of wax. The head oil of the sperm whale is a wax. Another common wax is carnauba, harvested from a Brazilian palm tree, used to coat food, dental floss and in the wax for your car
Earwax, also known as cerumen, is that yellowy brown stuff in everyone’s ears. It is secreted/built by our bodies, used to protect our ear canal, lubricate and provides protection against infections etc. Though we spend time to clean the excess out, it is useful to us. The body makes it and gently pushes excess or used wax out, where we clean it off. I don’t think it a good substitute for carnauba wax for our cars
Waxing and waning what is that? It is a phrase first coined in the 1300s referring to the phases of the moon. The moon is waxing when we can only see the right crescent of light and waning when we can see the left crescent. Waxing and waning has to do with increasing and decreasing. A piece of music can wax (increase) and wane as can the intensity of a relationship, etc. Hmmm? I wonder where I’m waxing? And you?
When you are waxing eloquent you are deemed to be speaking at length, with some authority/knowledge and in a pleasant manner. One who waxes eloquent can be boring if the subject is of little interest to me or fascinating, captivating if the subject is of greatest interest. To wax eloquent can be a fantasy of the speaker though their audience just wants them to shut up already
One can wax ones legs, a method where liquid wax is poured over a porous cloth on the leg to ‘capture’ the hair. When the wax hardens the cloth is pulled off, pulling out the hair. Ouch and tah dah, waxed legs. When I wax my skis the creamy substance fills in the micro scratches and hardens to a fairly strong and very smooth finish making my ski more slippery on the snow. As I ski I can wax and wane my way down the hill
Mom and Dad always took us to the drive-in in either Oroville or Penticton and it was always a fun outing. I remember with great fondness, when Uncle Bill (Arnold) and Auntie Lil took Norma and I along with Lynn, Diane and Rob.
One day Norma and I were at their house when Auntie Lil called me aside and said “Do you think you can ask Uncle Bill if we can go to the drive-in tonight? Tell him it is John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in “McLintock.”
Off I go outside to where Uncle Bill was polishing their beautiful and huge Pink Station Wagon. I sidled up to him (my Uncle Bill was a very quiet kind of guy but very family oriented….just a man of few words….lol) and stood there for a few minutes. Finally, Uncle Bill asked me if something was wrong and I said no…I need to ask you something.
“Well…what is it you need to ask?” I summoned all my courage and said quietly, “Do you think we could go to the drive-in tonight? I told him the name of the movie and who was in it.
When asked a question he was not prepared to answer right away Uncle Bill always used to say “Well, a feller has to think about it.” This time he kept on polishing and then said quietly with a big smile “Well a feller doesn’t have to think too long on that subject!”
He put down his cloth and said “if we are going to the show you better go tell Auntie Lil to make a thermos of coffee and a big bag of popcorn and some drinks for you kids.” I hugged him and yelled thank you, thank you and ran into the house. Funny thing, Auntie Lil had the coffee on and the pot out for the popcorn already!!!
Off to the drive-in we went. Norma and Rob were propped up on pillows between Uncle Bill and Auntie Lil and Lynn, Diane and I were in the back with the seat dropped down with a perfect view of the screen. I remember too, that Uncle Bill took us in to use the washroom and we all got ice cream!!!
These are small moments in my life but moments that stand the test of time that we were a very close family and shared many wonderful times. And the movie? I have seen “McLintock” at least twenty times and it takes me back to that wonderful night at the drive in. It still stands the test of time as do all of John Wayne’s movies.
17 heavy equipment
Incident Management Team (12), 19 pieces of heavy equipment, 7 water tenders and 28 industry personnel are assigned to the fire.
Size – has grown to 3000 hectares but that is largely caused by crews doing back burns to control the expansion.
The fire is 35 percent contained.
Mop up will continue along a majority of the cat guards built. Possible burn outs will occur in various locations as weather and conditions permit. Crews and heavy equipment will continue to build guard. Hose lay will continue around the perimeter of the fire. The primary focus of crews will be building guard in areas closest to structures
Council (District of Summerland) said okay this week for staff to negotiate a contract with Waste Connections of Canada for the curbside collection of garbage, recyclables, compostable materials and larger items.
But with a twist.
The negotiations will be based on the current system of customer-supplied containers at an estimated annual cost of $397,714.
The contract will run for seven years with the potential of a one-year extension beginning July 1, 2018.
The lag time of one year will allow sufficient time to acquire new equipment such as specialized trucks.
An automated system using contractor supplied carts would increase the annual cost of service by just over $83,000 as estimated by Waste Connections.
The carts last about 10 years and come in various sizes which could affect the frequency of collection Johnson explained.
Penticton said yes – for carts
Oliver said yes – for automated pickup
Osoyoos is still making up its mind
Keremeos and all rural areas in the RDOS said NO to automated pickup
Credits: Files from Penticton Herald
Inside the Oliver Fire Hall is a large sign on the ceiling “Think Fire Safety”
Safety for all of us on the mind of local volunteers called out at a moment’s notice to put out a fire that is a danger to the community. Their message to me and to you: If you see a fire call 911.
Oliver’s volunteers are taken from their jobs, businesses, and families each time an unwanted fire is spotted.
The woman and the men of the Oliver Volunteer Fire Department also want to express solidarity with all firefighters in BC – actively engaged to handling wild fire.
Let’s do our part – and “Think Fire Safety” and have another summer without a major incident.
Large format picture below – a bit of fun at fire practice Thursday evening