• With the temperature reaching around 40 ° C, the firefighters had a difficult afternoon with two fires on neighboring properties. At 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, Salmon Arm firefighters were called in about a barn fire on a property on 40th Street NE. Thick plumes of black smoke were visible at the top of the hill between Salmon Arm and Canoe. The flames were reported about 20 feet in the air at one point.
“We were pretty much all on deck initially and we didn’t want to get overwhelmed,” said Salmon Ar Fire Chief Brad Shirley.
As with all structural fires, BC Health Services also had an ambulance on site. “While monitoring our firefighters in rehab, it was determined that one of them needed to be hospitalized as a precaution for heat exhaustion,” said Shirley. He also noted that three other firefighters were rushed to hospital throughout the evening for the same reason. Shirley congratulated all of the firefighters who helped contain and bring the two fires under control.
• At one point, Kendra Toner must have looked away as she and her boyfriend approached what appeared to be a dead animal floating in Shuswap Lake. The Salmon Arm couple were fishing on the lake south of Totem Pole Resort, across Lake Sicamous, when they discovered the animal. As they got closer, Toner’s boyfriend exclaimed, “Oh my God, he’s a dog.” Sergeant Sicamous. Murray McNeil said officers responded to an animal cruelty report on July 1.
“The large breed of dog was found near the shore and attached to an anchoring device that prevented the animal from reaching the shore or touching the bottom,” McNeil said in a July 6 press release. McNeil said the dog’s remains were seized by the SPCA, which was investigating the case.
• The BC Coroners Service was investigating after a woman drowned in Mara Lake. At 10 p.m. on July 5, Sicamous RCMP responded to a report of a swimmer in medical distress, said Sgt. Murray McNeil. He said a 42-year-old woman, a resident of Sicamous, was swimming with a friend on a beach in Swansea Point when she went underwater and did not resurface. The friend was able to locate the woman and bring her to the ground. BC Ambulance and Eagle Valley Rescue Society attended and performed CPR, but were unable to resuscitate the woman.
• The mayor of Sicamous hoped that the uncontrollable forest fire at the district gate could be defeated. On Tuesday afternoon July 20, Mayor Terry Rysz said Sicamous was covered in smoke from the Two Mile Road wildfire which at the time was estimated to be 60 hectares and classified as out of control. He said it started when a pickup truck traveling on Highway 97 knocked over a utility pole with a transformer on it. He said the transformer exploded when it hit the ground, creating a fire that climbed up a hill near one of the district’s trailer parks. Since then, four helicopters, several water bombers and firefighters have battled the blaze. “We have a challenge ahead of us, but at the moment we have the opportunity, and perhaps the ability, to correct it so that it does not become devastating. “
• Emmett Quintal may have found his calling on the green. The four-year-old made the second hole on the Cedar Heights Community Association par-3 golf course in Blind Bay. He and his father, Michael Quintal, are regulars on the family journey. The day Emmett scored his hole in one, Saturday, July 3, involved a warm-up on the first hole before the excitement of the second.
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