Penticton today: Fiery truck crash near Okanagan Falls, controlled burn causes concern and more

News from Penticton, as well as provincial and international news to get your day started.

Good morning, Penticton. It is a beautiful sunny morning with a mix of sun and cloud expected for the rest of the day. According to Environment Canada Penticton could see highs of 17C. If that happens it will break a record of 13.3C set in 1958. The lowest temperature on record for this day was -13.3C set in 1945.

A truck overturned and caught on fire on Monday evening causing the Highway 97, between White Lake Road and Okanagan Falls to close. The road was re-opened this morning to single lane alternating traffic and now traffic is moving in both directions. The north bound traffic remains as one lane open as they clean up debris and the burned out shell of the truck. The Western News will continue to update this story as we receive information. Anyone with photos/video can email Read more: Truck catches fire near Okanagan Falls.

A controlled slash burn happening near the Chute Lake area, north of Naramata, caused a few concerned phone calls to fire/rescue last night. Naramata Fire Chief Tony Trovao said it is under control and suspects with it getting darker earlier, that many people were worried once they saw the glow of the fire. Read more: Controlled slash burn near Naramata

In provincial news, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $1.5 billion in upgrades to marine spill response on Monday. Read what Premier Christy Clark’s response was and watch video here.

In international news. the U.S. election is today. Check out video of Canadian politicians weighing in on what is happening. Click to watch video here.


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