Well, that was different: while sitting on a patio in #NelsonBC the entire sky lit up and a meteorite came down. Huge boom about 1m later.

— Kevin Skrepnek (@KevinSkrepnek) September 5, 2017

If we get an alien-caused fire I am officially done. #BCwildfire

— Kevin Skrepnek (@KevinSkrepnek) September 5, 2017

Kevin Skrepnek is the B.C. Wildfire Service’s chief information officer. As such, he has had something of a busy five months as B.C. experiences its worst fire season on record.

Still, as you can see from the above tweets, he hasn’t lost his sense of humour.

On Tuesday afternoon, Skrepnek informed that there were 162 fires burning in B.C., with four of those having started on Monday. He also said that there have been 1,207 fires in B.C. since April 1 and that they have consumed 1,148, 928 hectares (2,839,063 acres).

The Elephant Hill fire, which started on July 7, now is at 193,000 hectares, or 476,913 acres.

Officials in the Cariboo Regional District, which is in the Williams Lake area, confirm that more than 200 buildings have been lost to fires there. Of those, 62 are said to be homes.

Further south, there are issues in the areas of Peachland and Summerland, where the Finlay Creek fire to the west has been proving to be handful.

According to Skrepnek’s latest report, the BCWS has costs of $464.6 million since April 1. Keep in mind that figure represents only what the BCWS has spent and doesn’t include the RCMP costs or damage figures or anything else.

The forecast is for more hot, dry weather through Thursday. In fact, it may reach 37 C here on Wednesday. Cooler temperatures and some rain hopefully will move in to the Southern Interior on Friday.

Meanwhile, all of Waterton Lakes National Park is under an evacuation alert because of the Kenow fire, so if you are planning on travelling in that direction, you best check out the situation with Parks Canada in advance.

F Gilbert Brulé (Vancouver, 2002-06) has been traded by Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia, KHL) to Kunlun Red Star Beijing (China, KHL) for Richard Gynge. Brulé was pointless in six games this season. . . .

F Ned Lukacevic (Spokane, Swift Current, 2001-06) has been released by mutual agreement by Jegesmedvék Miskolc (Hungary, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, he had six goals and four assists in 10 games with Katowice (Poland, PHL), and one goal and one assist in eight games with the ]Quad City Mallards (ECHL). . . .

F Carter Proft (Brandon, Spokane, 2010-14) has been released by Adler Mannheim (Germany, DEL) by mutual agreement. Last season, he had one goal in eight games with Mannheim, and four goals and seven assists in 42 games while on loan to the Kassel Huskies (Germany, DEL2).

Marty Howe sends me this from work he's doing at home. He says Gordie's No. 9 "will shine 24 hours a day" @DetroitRedWings @HockeyHallFame

— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) September 5, 2017

If you are planning on spending the weekend in Penticton at the Young Stars tournament, you likely won’t be seeing F Tyler Benson in the Edmonton Oilers’ lineup.

Bob Green, the Oilers’ director of player personnel, told Oilers Now on Tuesday: “I don’t think he will see on-ice action at this tournament. We want to get him ready for the season with Vancouver.”

Benson, 19, is from Edmonton and is preparing for his fourth season with the Vancouver Giants. However, he hasn’t been in Vancouver’s training camp as the Oilers keep an eye on him.

The Giants grabbed him with the first overall pick of the WHL’s 2013 bantam draft. He was a second-round selection by the Oilers in the NHL’s 2016 draft. They have signed him to a three-year entry-level contract.

However, injuries and health issues have limited him to 63 games over the past two seasons. He had nine goals and 19 assists in 30 games in 2015-16. Last season, he put up 11 goals and 31 assists in 33 games.

Benson skated at the Oilers’ development camp in Jasper, Alta., early in July.

Blazers have moved back equipment/supplies back to Sandman Centre but will continue to practice out of SportsCentre until ice is put back in

— Jon Keen (@JonKeenNLSports) September 5, 2017

In Kelowna, the Rockets broke a 1-1 tie with three second-period goals en route to a 6-4 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Blazers got to within one, at 4-3, on goals from F Jackson Shepherd and F Scott Mahovlich in the first 10 minutes of the third period. . . . However, the Rockets iced it when D James Hilsendager and F Dallon Wilton scored at 12:41 and 15:28. . . . F Ted Brennan had a goal and an assist for Kelowna, the only one of the Rockets with more than one point. . . . Shepherd scored twice for Kamloops, while F Nic Holowko had two assists. . . . . Kamloops was 1-3 on the PP; Kelowna was 1-5. . . . Rockets G Brodan Salmond gave up one goal on 18 shots in 30:26, with James Porter finishing up by stopping 19 of 22. . . . G Kyle Dumba stopped 19 shots for Kamloops. . . . The Blazers will be short of goaltenders starting today, what with Max Palaga injured and Dylan Ferguson off to the camp of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. . . . The Blazers and Rockets will meet again Friday in Kelowna, before clashing on Saturday at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre in Kamloops.

The Medicine Hat Tigers have signed undrafted F Nick McCarry to a WHL contract. From Calgary, the 16-year-old McCarry, who is 5-foot-7 and 135 pounds, had 26 goals and 30 assists in 37 games with the CNHA Canucks of the Alberta Major Midget Hockey League last season.

The Kamloops Blazers have signed D Ethan Brandwood and also made official the signing of F Riley Ginnell, a move you read about here last week. . . . Brandwood, from Victoria, was a seventh-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. Last season, he played for the Saanich Braves, a bantam tier 1 team. He is expected to play this season with the major midget South Island Royals. . . . Ginnell, from Calgary, was selected in the seventh round as well, five picks after Brandwood. Ginnell had 12 goals and 15 assists in 36 games with the bantam AAA Calgary Royals last season. Ginnell’s grandfather, the late Pat Ginnell, was a WHL coaching legend. Riley’s brother, Brad, is heading into his second season with the Portland Winterhawks, while their father, Erin, also played in the WHL.

The Everett Silvertips have signed D Dylan Anderson to a WHL contract. From Langley, Anderson was a fourth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. Last season, with the Yale Hockey Academy, he had two goals and 10 assists in 28 games. . . . Anderson is expected to play this season with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League.

The BCHL’s Penticton Vees have acquired F Dakota Boutin, 20, from the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs in a deal that also involved the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors. . . . The Mustangs got the rights to D James Miller, 19, in the deal, with D Garrett Ewert, 18, moving to the Warriors. . . . Boutin, from Moosomin, Sask., was a third-round selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft. He has spent three seasons with the Mustangs and has committed to play next season for the Northern Michigan Wildcats.

When the 2018-19 season arrives, the AHL will be up to 31 franchises, with each affiliated with an NHL team. . . . This season, the AHL will have 30 teams, with the St. Louis Blues not having an affiliate after they sold the Chicago Wolves to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. . . . Prior to next season, the Colorado Avalanche will turn the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, who play out of Loveland, into an AHL franchise. The San Antonio Rampage, the Avalanche’s current AHL affiliate, will be taken over by the Blues for 2018-19. . . . A tip of the hat to Dan Krieger’s weekly sports league and franchise report for the info.

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— Zachary Yuen | 袁俊杰 (@zyuen_93) September 5, 2017

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