Brennan Phillips

The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)

Shouting It Out Loud: Fight wildfires by fighting climate change

Brennan Phillips is a journalist with Black Press

The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
Satellite imagery that shows the extent of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire as of July 28. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)

Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos continues to grow northwards

High fire activity is expected on Saturday and overnight

Satellite imagery that shows the extent of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire as of July 28. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
The City of Penticton as seen from West Bench on Saturday morning, July 31. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton wants people to stay safe over hot and smoky BC Day long weekend

The city also notes that COVID-19 remains active in surrounding communities

The City of Penticton as seen from West Bench on Saturday morning, July 31. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Oliver Fire Department. (Submitted photo)

Bird takes out power and starts fire north of Oliver

The Oliver Fire Department extinguished the early morning blaze

Oliver Fire Department. (Submitted photo)
Multiple wildfires are currently raging in the South Okanagan, with the Thomas Creek and Nk’Mip Creek both growing over 10,000 hectares. (Mike Biden Photography)

Thomas Creek Wildfire now over 10,000 hectares

The fire grew by close to 2,000 hectares since Friday

Multiple wildfires are currently raging in the South Okanagan, with the Thomas Creek and Nk’Mip Creek both growing over 10,000 hectares. (Mike Biden Photography)
Harry Manx live at Venables Theatre on July 28. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Harry Manx brings sold out show to Oliver Venables Theatre

The two shows brought people from across the Valley to the show

Harry Manx live at Venables Theatre on July 28. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
MP Richard Cannings, representing South Okanagan - West Kootenay, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh were in Penticton to cap off Singh’s most recent tour. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits Penticton to talk climate

Singh spoke in front of the same spot where climate rally was held the day before

MP Richard Cannings, representing South Okanagan - West Kootenay, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh were in Penticton to cap off Singh’s most recent tour. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Smoke rises from the north end of the Thomas Creek Wildfire on July 28 just across Skaha Lake from Kaleden. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Volatile Thomas Creek fire forces heavy equipment to withdraw

BC Wildfire is preparing for thunderstorms Friday and Saturday

Smoke rises from the north end of the Thomas Creek Wildfire on July 28 just across Skaha Lake from Kaleden. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Satellite imagery that shows the extent of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)

BC Wildfire estimates Nk’Mip Creek blaze at more than 13,000 hectares

Heavy smoke has made getting an estimate on the fire difficult

Satellite imagery that shows the extent of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
Smoke from the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire settling over the Town of Oliver on Wednesday night, July 28. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Oliver restricts watering to one day a week

Non-residential users are also being asked to further reduce their water usage

Smoke from the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire settling over the Town of Oliver on Wednesday night, July 28. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Two Mile wildfire has grown by at least 200 hectares according to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (CSRD photo)

Shuswap wildfires grow hundreds of hectares

The Hunakwa and Two Mile fires both grew on July 29 according to the CSRD

The Two Mile wildfire has grown by at least 200 hectares according to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (CSRD photo)
A new fire has sparked between Vernon and Kelowna. (BC Wildfire Service)

New wildfire between Vernon and Kelowna thought to be lightning caused

The fire at Oyama Lake is listed at 0.5 hectares so far

A new fire has sparked between Vernon and Kelowna. (BC Wildfire Service)
The RCMP made an early morning arrest following multiple set fires in Summerland on July 29. (File)

RCMP make early morning arrest of alleged Summerland arsonist

The man was reportedly spotted by witnesses walking from one of the fires with a gas can

The RCMP made an early morning arrest following multiple set fires in Summerland on July 29. (File)
Satellite imagery that shows the extent of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)

131 evacuation orders rescinded for Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos

The properties remain under evacuation alert

Satellite imagery that shows the extent of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
Pathways

Penticton councillor wants Interior Health to return Pathways funding

Coun. James Miller’s letter will be debated at the next council meeting

Pathways
RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Penticton calls for another 2 new RCMP officers

Council voted down the mayor’s request of five officers

RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
From left to right, Don Gayton, Norberto Rodriguez and Emaya Vega-Baric were part of the climate change rally in Penticton on July 29. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western)

MP Cannings signs pledge for green action at Penticton climate change rally

Dozens gathered to rally against the worsening climate

From left to right, Don Gayton, Norberto Rodriguez and Emaya Vega-Baric were part of the climate change rally in Penticton on July 29. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western)
RCMP.	(File)

Penticton has worst crime rate in the Okanagan, says Stats Canada

Data from 2020 shows the number of cleared cases has dropped over the last five years

RCMP.	(File)
Smoke has obscured the valley, and led to some services being canceled due to the pollution levels. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Smoke pollution cancels some South Okanagan garbage pick up

From Skaha to Twin Lakes, garbage will instead be picked up next week

Smoke has obscured the valley, and led to some services being canceled due to the pollution levels. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Satellite imagery shows the extent of the area burned by the Thomas Creek Wildfire as of July 26. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)

Small ignitions planned along southeast of Thomas Creek fire towards Okanagan Falls

The wildfire is now listed at 7,918.9 hectares in size

Satellite imagery shows the extent of the area burned by the Thomas Creek Wildfire as of July 26. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)