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B C Update – CP

by ahnationtalk on August 8, 2018122 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 8, 2018 

(BC-Wildfires)

Intense efforts are underway to save homes and properties around Telegraph Creek in the northwestern corner of B-C as two huge wildfires blaze nearby.

The B-C Wildfire Service confirms buildings have been lost in the community and the aggressive wildfires have now prompted an evacuation alert for the community of Dease Lake, more than 100 kilometres to the northeast.

The fires around Telegraph Creek are among 24 fires of note which have charred large areas of the province, including more than 120-square kilometres of timber south of Princeton where crews are burning off fuel to halt the southern movement of flames toward the U-S border.

A small but aggressive fire is also burning out of control south of Nanaimo in the Nanaimo Lakes area and evacuation orders and alerts are in effect there, although the wildfire service says crews have managed to build guards around 10 per cent of the blaze. (The Canadian Press)

(BC-Wildfires-Telegraph-Crew)

A crew of firefighters from a Yukon First Nation has rushed to assist in the effort to save the northwestern B.C. community of Telegraph Creek.

The Whitehorse-based crew from the Ta’an Kwach’an Council was scrambled by former Yukon politician Darius Elias, whose parents live in Telegraph Creek, after word yesterday that flames had destroyed or damaged more than two dozen buildings.

A spokesman for the arm of the First Nation that administers the Yukon crew says a seven-member team was on the road within six hours of Elias’s request.

Tahltan (TALL’-tan) Band Chief Rick McLean — whose members are among those whose homes are at risk in Telegraph Creek — has requested that the Yukon crew be immediately assigned to the front lines of the wildfire. (CKRW)

(BC-Coquihalla-Menard)

Merritt Mayor Neil Menard says the speed limit on the Coquihalla Highway is too high and he believes it’s linked to several recent crashes that have resulted in lengthy road closures.

The current speed limit on the Coquihalla is 120 kilometres per hour but Menard says drivers believe that allows them to travel 10 to 20 kilometres above the limit.

He says it’s too dangerous for the R-C-M-P to carry out enforcement on the route when vehicles are whipping past that quickly.

Menard also says some truck drivers can handle the demanding hills and curves of the Coquihalla, but he believes others need more training and he intends to discuss the matter with Attorney General David Eby. (CHNL)

(BC-Vancouver-Streaker-Charged)

Vancouver resident David McClearn is set to appear in a Seattle courtroom today.

He’s facing a charge of criminal trespassing.

McClearn was arrested Saturday after a man ran naked onto the field during a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Police say the decision was made not to lay an additional charge of indecent exposure because there was no alleged sexual element involved in the prank. (The Canadian Press)

(BC-Window-Rescue)

Several Abbotsford police officers are being praised for quick action last night that likely saved the life of a four-year-old girl.

The child had climbed out an upper storey window of her Abbotsford condo at about 11 p.m., and was crying while sitting on a decorative railing just below the window.

Sergeant Judy Bird says officers tried to climb the front of the building to reach the girl but then managed to enter the condo and pull her back through the window before her sleeping parents woke up.

Bird says the rescue is an important reminder that, despite the current heat wave, windows in children’s rooms should be closed or fitted with gates and a stopper to prevent accidental falls. (The Canadian Press)

(BC-Cows-Scratched)

Researchers at the University of B-C believe an itch-free cow is a contented cow — and they hope dairy farmers don’t brush off the research.

In fact, the researchers say adding an automatic rolling brush to a dairy farm’s standard equipment is the right thing to do.

Study co-author professor Marina von Keyserlingk (kaiser-link) says data shows cows use the brush for as much as seven minutes daily — especially when confined to the dairy barn and unable to reach trees or other abrasive objects they’d use as a scratching post in the pasture.

She says cows choose to scratch as eagerly as they seek fresh feed and brushing appears to relieve stress — although she says further study would be needed to determine if an unstressed cow produces more milk. (The Canadian Press)

(B-C Update by The Canadian Press)

(The Canadian Press)

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