Ashcroft RCMP members were at the Wellness Festival last weekend, using a rotating vehicle to demonstrate the dangers of not buckling up.

Ashcroft RCMP members were at the Wellness Festival last weekend, using a rotating vehicle to demonstrate the dangers of not buckling up.

Ashcroft RCMP detachment police report

The Coldstream Creek fire results in evacuation alerts, plus more news from the Ashcroft RCMP.

Coldstream Creek fire

Just before 5:00 pm on July 20, Ashcroft RCMP received a call from the TNRD Emergency Response Team, asking for their assistance in issuing 24 evacuation alerts to residents on North Road, Landon Road, and the 4500 block of Highway 97C whose properties were threatened by the Coldstream Creek fire 15km southeast of Ashcroft. An evacuation alert is intended to give residents as much advance warning as possible should it become necessary for them to evacuate, although changing conditions might lead to limited notice and the need to leave immediately.

Anyone who receives an evacuation alert should locate all family members and be prepared to evacuate the residence to an identified safe reception centre; gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, photographs, and immediate care needs for dependents; prepare to move any disabled persons or children; collect pets and pet needs; and if possible move livestock to a safe area.

The Coldstream Creek fire, which is believed to have been caused by lightning, was discovered on July 20. Located between Ashcroft and Logan Lake, the fire had grown to 600 hectares in size by Tuesday morning and was 0% contained. BC Wildfire Service crews responded immediately, with forty-nine firefighters, six air tankers, three helicopters, and heavy machinery on site. The fire grew quickly, and hot, dry conditions in the area, combined with strong winds, were making fire suppression efforts a challenge.

The BC Wildfire Service responded to 24 new lightning-caused fires within the Kamloops Fire Centre on July 19 and 20, which serves as a reminder that as lightning activity within the region increases, extra caution is needed to prevent person-caused wildfires. The Wildfire Service would like to thank the public for their continued support in reporting smoke and wildfires, as these reports have allowed for prompt and efficient response. To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures, and air quality advisories, visit http://www.bcwildfire.ca

Ongoing mischief problem

For the last several weeks a group of have been damaging cars in and around the Quality Glass building on Brink Street in Ashcroft. A complainant notes that the perpetrators appear to be youths, but there are no suspects at this time. Any witnesses, or anyone who knows the identity of a person or persons involved in the incidents, is asked to contact the local RCMP detachment.

Weed whacker woe

On July 14 at 5:00 pm police received a report that a weed whacker had been stolen from the complainant’s vehicle, which was parked outside the apartment building at 900 Hill Street in Ashcroft. The whacker was described as a black Craftsman 4-stroke worth approximately $400. There were no suspects or witnesses. Anyone with information should contact the RCMP.

Phone found, not turned in

On July 17 at 3:30 pm a male from Williams Lake called Ashcroft RCMP to report that he had left his cellphone on the hood of his vehicle while in the Husky parking lot in Cache Creek, and subsequently driven off without it. The phone has obviously been found and picked up, as when the owner rang the number someone answered it. However, it has not been turned in, and police ask that whoever found the phone drop it off at the Ashcroft detachment.

Watch how you park

On July 18 at 8:00 am police received a report of a collision in the parking lot of the Husky in Cache Creek. A family had been in their car, which was parked in the lot, when a commercial vehicle pulled in beside and sideswiped them, causing damage to the car. The driver of the commercial vehicle was issued a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention.

Patience is a virtue

With the increase of traffic on area roads during the summer months, police ask motorists to be patient with other drivers. There have been reports of aggressive passing, so please take a deep breath, slow down, and enjoy your journey instead.

Barbara Roden

Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal