Summerland rockslide: Crews prepare to blast with dynamite

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A rockslide along Highway 97 has cut off traffic between the Central Okanagan and the South Okanagan, and officials don’t know when traffic will once again be flowing between the two regions.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, the rockslide partially covered the highway near Summerland at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. The highway, though, was still open to traffic, with one lane operating in each direction.

But two hours later, at 7:45 a.m., a second slide occurred, this time blocking all four lanes and completely closing the highway.


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Witnessing the rockslide was Dean Pratley, who was parked in line when it happened.

“And all of a sudden, it just started going,” said Pratley. “The fence, the chain-link stuff that they have over it, just ripped apart and stuff started flying.

“And from then, it basically just came right down in huge chunks; like way bigger than my van.”

The ministry says a detour route is available by using Highways 97C, 5A, 3 and 3A.

There was no word as to when Highway 97 will reopen. In a tweet, MLA Dan Ashton of Penticton said the closure was expected to be possibly 24 hours.

DriveBC is reporting that rock scalers are on site, preparing for blasting.

Also, RCMP told Global News that crews have permission to blast at night.

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Chilliwack fire crews fight two residential blazes – BC

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Chilliwack firefighters were kept busy with two residential fires on Saturday.

At about 12:10 pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a fire at a single storey residence in the 9300 block of Broadway.

Crews quickly brought that blaze under control and managed to keep it from spreading from a single bedroom.

The entire home, however, was extensively damaged by smoke and heat.

Two family dogs are credited with alerting the home’s four occupants to the fire, and they all made it out safely.

The cause is under investigation, though firefighters note the home did not have working fire alarms.

Then, just eight minutes after arriving at the Broadway fire, crews were alerted to another residential fire in the 45000 block of Reece Avenue.

Arriving crews found a small amount amount of smoke and flame coming from the exterior of the home near the roof.

That fire too was quickly put out. No one was hurt.

Damage was limited to a small area outside the home near the electrical service.

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Burnaby fire crews contain storage shed fire near Kinder Morgan tank facility – BC

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Fire crews have contained a fire at a commercial building at Aubrey Street and Pinehurst Drive in Burnaby, alarmingly close to the Kinder Morgan tank farm facility.

Burnaby Fire Deputy Chief Dave Samson assures local residents they are safe from danger, and there are no immediate concerns for those in the area. There are no reported injuries.

Samson tells Global News that crews were called out to 7742 Aubrey Street at 7:53 p.m. to a second alarm fire at a commercial structure – a large storage garage – situated about 400 feet away from the Kinder Morgan tank farm. A home nearby the structure was not damaged.

Samson says the main concern for firefighters was keeping the fire contained and from spreading to surrounding forest.

At the height of the blaze, there were 34 firefighters on scene and eleven trucks on hand to battle the blaze. Firefighters were challenged by difficult access to the site itself as well as water supply issues, due to low water pressure because of the the blaze’s location at the top of the mountain. Crews got around that challenge by creating a water supply structure to relay pump.

Assistant Fire Chief Barry Mawhinney tells Global the contents of the structure are not known for certain – possibly some chemicals – and a propane bottle is believed to have exploded as well. Firefighters limited their attack on the fire to the building’s exterior, due to the extreme heat and the danger of building collapse.

The bright orange flames, sparks and plumes of smoke could be seen for quite a distance, causing some justifiable alarm to nearby residents because of the proximity to the Kinder Morgan facility.

Fire officials say a long operation lays ahead putting out hot spots and cleaning up, as well as with the ensuing investigation.

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Crews prepare to move tower as tall as CFL football field out of Edmonton – Edmonton

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A big move will soon be taking place on the streets of Edmonton, as one of the largest loads in the province’s history begins its journey to a destination north of the city.

Inter Pipeline has built a tower that is 97 metres high at Dacro Industries on 51 Avenue; to put it into context, a CFL football field is 100 metres long.

The company said the tower weighs approximately 800 tonnes, roughly five times the weight of the Statue of Liberty.

The tower, which is made primarily from carbon steel and took one year to manufacture, will be moving this week to the Heartland Petrochemical Complex, which is currently being built outside Fort Saskatchewan.

In a press release, Inter Pipeline said the tower will be used to turn propane into recyclable plastic pellets, which will then be used to make items such as computers, medical equipment and food storage containers.

The $3.5-billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex will be completed in 2021.

Company officials declined to speak Sunday, instead saying they will hold a media availability about the tower on Thursday.

READ MORE: Inter Pipeline green-lights $3.5B petrochemical project to produce plastic

The province picked Inter Pipeline’s project a year ago to receive up to $200 million in royalty credits. Pembina Pipeline, also headquartered in Calgary, is to receive $300 million in credits for a similar project in the same area if it decides to proceed.

READ MORE: Alberta chooses 2 petrochemical plants for $500M in royalty credits

The credits, to be paid out after the facilities are operating, can’t be used directly by the petrochemical facilities, but they can be sold to oil or natural gas producers to reduce their provincial royalty payments.

The provincial Minister of Transportation, Brian Mason, is holding a news conference about the tower Sunday afternoon.

more to come…

with files from Canadian Press

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Surrey fire crews battle large house fire – BC

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Surrey firefighters battled a large house fire on the morning of New Year’s Eve Day.

Crews were called to the house near 133A Street and 112 Avenue around 9 a.m.


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Flames and black smoke could be seen pouring out of a second-storey balcony of the abandoned house, which had also been boarded up.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but neighbours say this is the second time the house has gone up in flames in only a few months. However, there is no known connection at this time.

The fire is being considered suspicious.


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An investigation is underway.

Fire crews on scene at a house fire near 133A Street and 112 Avenue on New Year’s Eve. Credit: Tony Clark / Global News

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BC Hydro crews rebuilding parts of electrical grid in race to restore power

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Last week’s windstorm caused so much damage on some of B.C.’s Southern Gulf Islands that crews must rebuild parts of the electrical distribution system, according to BC Hydro.

More than 900 workers, including crews from as far away as Alberta and the East Coast, were in the field on Boxing Day, the utility said Wednesday morning.

Upwards of 700,000 customers lost power after Thursday’s storm, and by Boxing Day, the lights were still off in about 7,000 homes on Vancouver Island and in the Southern Gulf Islands.

BC Hydro says everyone on Vancouver Island should have power by Thursday, but the extensive damage on the Gulf Islands means the work could take until New Year’s Eve.

Last week’s windstorm was the worst BC Hydro has seen in two decades. Winds gusting up to 100 km/h tore through southern B.C., toppling trees and snapping power lines.

For a complete list of outages in B.C., click here.

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Emergency crews deploy drone to rescue 2 young people near Rocky Mountain House

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Two young people became stranded in a remote and heavily wooded area near Rocky Mountain House, Alta., on Friday.

According to police, the pair were riding an ATV when it became stuck in muskeg.

They had travelled southwest of Highway 11 near the Saunders-Alexo area, which was a distance away from their campsite at Shunda Viewpoint.

Police said the youths were not prepared to spend the night outdoors.

Emergency crews were called in to begin a ground search along with search and rescue workers.

Fire rescue officials deployed a thermal drone, which led them to the stranded young people.

The pair were rescued from a heavily wooded area and returned to their families at the campsite without injury.

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