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Debbie Ramsay in the middle with some volunteers at a one day fundraiser at the Super Wash on Main Wednesday to help two families left homeless from the Maples townhouse fire June 29. (Facebook)

Fundraiser for Penticton townhouse fire victims a big success

Debbie Ramsay was at the Super Wash on Main Wednesday with hot dogs and prize tickets

Debbie Ramsay in the middle with some volunteers at a one day fundraiser at the Super Wash on Main Wednesday to help two families left homeless from the Maples townhouse fire June 29. (Facebook)
A shed was burnt down on 10th Ave in Keremeos on July 16. (Keremeos Fire Department)

Keremeos Fire Department kept busy battling 5 blazes

Four of the fires are considered suspicious.

A shed was burnt down on 10th Ave in Keremeos on July 16. (Keremeos Fire Department)
On Tuesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to a brush fire at a property along Yankee Flats Road in the Spa Hills area. (Silver Creek Fire Department photo)
On Tuesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to a brush fire at a property along Yankee Flats Road in the Spa Hills area. (Silver Creek Fire Department photo)

Shuswap firefighters quick to contain fire in Spa Hills

Firefighters arrived on scene to find slash pile had rekindled

On Tuesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to a brush fire at a property along Yankee Flats Road in the Spa Hills area. (Silver Creek Fire Department photo)
On Tuesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to a brush fire at a property along Yankee Flats Road in the Spa Hills area. (Silver Creek Fire Department photo)
Members of enforcement at the memorial service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Colwood’s fire chief remembered for devotion, love for community

John Cassidy was honoured with a procession and memorial on June 10

Members of enforcement at the memorial service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Kamloops Fire Centre, which oversees the Okanagan-Shuswap, is showing elevated levels of fire fuel buildup. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

‘High hazard’: Dry conditions, lack of rain spikes Okanagan-Shuswap wildfire risk

Conditions in the region are volatile and much-needed rain is not present in the weather forecast

The Kamloops Fire Centre, which oversees the Okanagan-Shuswap, is showing elevated levels of fire fuel buildup. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
Bruce Turnbull (left) and Peter Lindelauf (right) have taken it upon themselves to ensure their small, isolated neighbourhood of Husula is prepared should a wildfire strike. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Proactive pair protects small neighbourhood above Penticton from devastating fire potential

‘It’s not a matter of if, but when,’ wildfire hits Husula, near road with slew of illegal activity

Bruce Turnbull (left) and Peter Lindelauf (right) have taken it upon themselves to ensure their small, isolated neighbourhood of Husula is prepared should a wildfire strike. (Jesse Day - Western News)
West Kelowna firefighters put out a small grassfire on Wednesday, July 7. (Contributed/West Kelowna Fire Rescue)

Grass fire in West Kelowna causes power outage

The blaze was quickly knocked down by crews, power out in Boucherie area

West Kelowna firefighters put out a small grassfire on Wednesday, July 7. (Contributed/West Kelowna Fire Rescue)
Seven people, including four children, have died in a house fire in Chestermere, Alta., just east of Calgary, Friday, July 2, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘So devastating:’ 7 people dead, 5 escape house fire east of Calgary

RCMP said the cause of the fire is under investigation

Seven people, including four children, have died in a house fire in Chestermere, Alta., just east of Calgary, Friday, July 2, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The Penticton Fire Department was called to put out a dumpster fire behind the Plaza Motel on Canada Day. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Dumpster fire behind Plaza Motel in Penticton quickly extinguished

The fire was out within 20 minutes of reports of the smoking dumpster

The Penticton Fire Department was called to put out a dumpster fire behind the Plaza Motel on Canada Day. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Fire ripped through a residential unit at the Maples on Maple Street in Penticton, leaving residents homeless. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

GoFundMe set up for victims of Penticton multiplex fire

Victims lost everything they owned in the blaze

Fire ripped through a residential unit at the Maples on Maple Street in Penticton, leaving residents homeless. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Several emergency vehicles including fire trucks, police, an ambulance and a BC Wildfire crew respond to a barn fire, in this photo on the right hand side of 40th Street NE, in Salmon Arm on Tuesday afternoon, June 29. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm firefighters extinguish barn fire in 40 C heat

Dry terrain and high temperatures heighten danger of blaze spreading

Several emergency vehicles including fire trucks, police, an ambulance and a BC Wildfire crew respond to a barn fire, in this photo on the right hand side of 40th Street NE, in Salmon Arm on Tuesday afternoon, June 29. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Maple Street apartment fire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

“Everything is gone’: Multiple homes destroyed in Penticton multiplex fire

Penticton Fire Dept. got the blaze under control within an hour but not before homes were lost

Maple Street apartment fire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Maple Avenue Fire (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

BREAKING: Apartment building on fire on Penticton’s Maple Street

The fire has quickly spread to multiple storeys

Maple Avenue Fire (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Vernon Restholm residents were evacuated briefly Tuesday afternoon for reports of smoke, but were quickly allowed back in and out of the 46 degree Celsius heat. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

‘Smoke’ evacuates Vernon seniors’ home

Fire extinguisher used and discharge may have been mistaken as smoke by others

Vernon Restholm residents were evacuated briefly Tuesday afternoon for reports of smoke, but were quickly allowed back in and out of the 46 degree Celsius heat. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the West Bench area on the morning of June 24. The hillside fire was near Selby Park, off West Bench Drive. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton grass fire almost a ‘catastrophic’ situation: fire chief

Westbench area was near evacuation, says Penticton fire chief

Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the West Bench area on the morning of June 24. The hillside fire was near Selby Park, off West Bench Drive. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Emergency crews, including a fire helicopter, responded to a grass fire in the 2600 block of West Bench Drive on the morning of June 24. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Crews respond to fire on West Bench Drive near Penticton

Fire near Selby Park reported on morning of June 24

Emergency crews, including a fire helicopter, responded to a grass fire in the 2600 block of West Bench Drive on the morning of June 24. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
BX-Swan Lake firefighters responded to reports of a wildfire Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)

Small fire sparks fear in Vernon homeowner

BX-Swan Lake firefighters respond to reports of wildfire

BX-Swan Lake firefighters responded to reports of a wildfire Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
A home on Cameo Drive sustained major damage due to an early morning fire Monday, June 21. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Fire sparked during Vernon home renovation

Heavy black smoke from Cameo Drive home, no one inside

A home on Cameo Drive sustained major damage due to an early morning fire Monday, June 21. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
An Armstrong family that lost their home to a fire on Wednesday still hasn’t found their cat as of Friday, June 18, 2021. (Facebook photo)

Family cat still missing, days after fire destroys Armstrong home

There were no injuries from Wednesday’s blaze, but two days later there’s still no sign of the white feline

An Armstrong family that lost their home to a fire on Wednesday still hasn’t found their cat as of Friday, June 18, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Lake Country firefighters made good use of pet respirators they keep on board June 17, 2021. (District of Lake Country)

PHOTOS: 11 dogs rescued, home destroyed in large blaze in Okanagan

Home deemed a total loss, cause remains unknown but crews thankful for pet respirators

Lake Country firefighters made good use of pet respirators they keep on board June 17, 2021. (District of Lake Country)