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The B.C. Wildfire Service provided this aerial shot of the planned ignition burn in the Irish Creek area off Westside Road on Aug. 30. (BCWS photo)

UPDATE: White Rock Lake fire ‘held’ after 52 days

Vernon Camp housed more than 500 firefighters, support staff at its peak

The B.C. Wildfire Service provided this aerial shot of the planned ignition burn in the Irish Creek area off Westside Road on Aug. 30. (BCWS photo)
The District of Lake Country will go through the alternate approval process in its hopes of borrowing up to $8.85 million to pay for Phase 4 of its wastewater treatment plant upgrade. (Black Press - file photo)

Lake Country goes to alternate approval process for treatment plant upgrade

District will look to borrow near $8.9 million to pay for Phase 4 upgrade; proposal can be defeated by electorate

The District of Lake Country will go through the alternate approval process in its hopes of borrowing up to $8.85 million to pay for Phase 4 of its wastewater treatment plant upgrade. (Black Press - file photo)
Returning students, faculty and staff at Okanagan College campuses in Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton can get their first or second COVID-19 vaccination Tuesday, Sept. 7, at on-campus clinics. (Black Press file photo)

Okanagan College campuses host vaccination clinics

Campuses in Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm will host COVID-19 clinics for returning staff, students and faculty on Tuesday, Sept. 7

Returning students, faculty and staff at Okanagan College campuses in Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton can get their first or second COVID-19 vaccination Tuesday, Sept. 7, at on-campus clinics. (Black Press file photo)
Hot air balloon spotted on Wednesday. (Capital News Staff)

Kelowna residents recount stories of hot air balloon landing shenanigans

A hot air balloon was spotted landing in the Kelowna Lower Mission on Wednesday

Hot air balloon spotted on Wednesday. (Capital News Staff)
Firefighter Andrew Pettit walks among the flames during a control burn on June 11, 2019 in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, California. (Brian Melley/The Associated Press)

B.C. extends wildfire state of emergency again to Sept. 14

Province says the move allows them to quickly respond to changing wildfire conditions

Firefighter Andrew Pettit walks among the flames during a control burn on June 11, 2019 in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, California. (Brian Melley/The Associated Press)
The BC Wildfire Service will try to conduct a 3,500-hectare-sized planned ignition above Westside Road from Irish Creek to the plateau; Six Mile Creek to the plateau; and the plateau to the fireguards on Monday, Aug. 30. (Sandra Detta-Eberle photo)

Update: Ground crews working to identify hotspots and hazards at White Rock Lake fire

The evacuation order for 1,316 properties and alert for 815 properties remain unchanged

The BC Wildfire Service will try to conduct a 3,500-hectare-sized planned ignition above Westside Road from Irish Creek to the plateau; Six Mile Creek to the plateau; and the plateau to the fireguards on Monday, Aug. 30. (Sandra Detta-Eberle photo)
The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. Since then, conditions have not been in BCWS’ favour for a 3,000-hectare planned ignition. (Black Press - file photo)

UPDATE: Huge planned ignition for White Rock Lake fire set for Monday

Crews continue to work on 81,000-plus-hectare blaze with help from Canadian Armed Forces

The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. Since then, conditions have not been in BCWS’ favour for a 3,000-hectare planned ignition. (Black Press - file photo)
Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. is sharing tips on how kids can practise good hygiene as they head back to school. (Shutterstock photo)

B.C. paramedics share back-to-school hygiene tips

Proper handwashing and masking will be key to reducing the spread of germs in schools

Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. is sharing tips on how kids can practise good hygiene as they head back to school. (Shutterstock photo)
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Several COVID-19 linked deaths at senior care homes in Interior Health region

In the last three days in the Interior Health region there are 768 COVID-19 cases

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Flood risk assessment for the Vedder River is one of 38 flood planning projects that has been awarded provincial funding through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund program. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

38 B.C. communities receive millions in provincial funding for flood planning

Program ‘vital in helping communities prepare for local emergencies,’ says minister Mike Farnworth

Flood risk assessment for the Vedder River is one of 38 flood planning projects that has been awarded provincial funding through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund program. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Folks step up to raise money for Parkinson Society of B.C. with SuperWalk

Annual event goes virtual for 2nd year in a row, funds go to Parkinson’s research, programming

About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
John (from left), Brad and Al Thorlakson of Vernon-based Tolko Industries gather at the Lavington Planer Mill where it all began for the company 65 years ago in 1956. (tolko.com)

Okanagan-based lumber giant harvests 65 years

Tolko Industries began with operation at Lavington Planer Mill, now an internationally known company

John (from left), Brad and Al Thorlakson of Vernon-based Tolko Industries gather at the Lavington Planer Mill where it all began for the company 65 years ago in 1956. (tolko.com)
IGA Stores of BC and Fresh St. Market have teamed up to help local charities by diverting 100 per cent of its edible but unsaleable perishable food away from landfill to its highest end-use. (Contributed)

Okanagan grocery stores give to local charities

IGA Stores of BC joins Fresh St. Market to divert 100% of edible but unsaleable perishable food away from landfills

IGA Stores of BC and Fresh St. Market have teamed up to help local charities by diverting 100 per cent of its edible but unsaleable perishable food away from landfill to its highest end-use. (Contributed)
Regional District of Central Okanagan’s board chair and director for North Westside call Tuesday, Aug. 17, “a sad day for the community” as residents were given updates on their homes from the White Rock Lake wildfire. About 70 structures in the neighbourhoods have been lost in the inferno. (Black Press - file photo)

Central Okanagan regional district directors express sorrow over wildfire losses

Close to 70 structures in the North Westside area neighbourhoods were destroyed in White Rock Lake wildfire

Regional District of Central Okanagan’s board chair and director for North Westside call Tuesday, Aug. 17, “a sad day for the community” as residents were given updates on their homes from the White Rock Lake wildfire. About 70 structures in the neighbourhoods have been lost in the inferno. (Black Press - file photo)
The Spokane Braves (white jerseys) will not participate in the upcoming 2021-22 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season due to travel uncertainty between Canada and the United States. (File photo)

Spokane opts out of KIJHL season

American club cites travel uncertainty between Canada and the U.S. for dropping out

The Spokane Braves (white jerseys) will not participate in the upcoming 2021-22 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season due to travel uncertainty between Canada and the United States. (File photo)
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Kamloops man arrested for allegedly setting fire, fighting RCMP

A resident noticed a small fire and doused the flames with a water bottle

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July Mountain wildfire off Coquihalla, Sunday Aug. 15. (Contributed/Andy Levang)

Wildfires force thousands to evacuate, highways to close across B.C. Interior

Multiple highways are closed and several communities are evacuating due to fires

July Mountain wildfire off Coquihalla, Sunday Aug. 15. (Contributed/Andy Levang)
Guards surrounding most the Shuswap Complex of wildfires, including the Crazy Creek Gorge Wildfire near Sicamous (shown here on Aug. 5) are holding, according to B.C. Wildfire Service and the Shuswap Emergency Program. (Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook photo)

Guards surrounding Shuswap fires holding

Latest update from B.C. Wildfire Service and Shuswap Emergency Program

Guards surrounding most the Shuswap Complex of wildfires, including the Crazy Creek Gorge Wildfire near Sicamous (shown here on Aug. 5) are holding, according to B.C. Wildfire Service and the Shuswap Emergency Program. (Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook photo)
An evacuation alert has been changed to an evacuation order for select regions of the Township of Spallumcheen, as well as the Okanagan Indian Band, due to potential danger and life safety from the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (Brenda Giesbrecht photo)

Evacuation orders issued for OKIB, Spallumcheen

More properties in township placed on evacuation alert due to White Rock Lake Wildfire

An evacuation alert has been changed to an evacuation order for select regions of the Township of Spallumcheen, as well as the Okanagan Indian Band, due to potential danger and life safety from the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (Brenda Giesbrecht photo)
Lake Country resident Chris Hill took this photo from Okanagan Centre Road Sunday, Aug. 15, of the White Rock Lake Fire heading toward La Casa Resort. (Chris Hill photo)

UPDATE: Aggressive fire behaviour is currently being observed at northeast flank of White Rock Lake fire

A five hectare fire has been detected northeast of Six Mile Creek

Lake Country resident Chris Hill took this photo from Okanagan Centre Road Sunday, Aug. 15, of the White Rock Lake Fire heading toward La Casa Resort. (Chris Hill photo)