Black Press Media Staff

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)
A shot of the White Rock Lake wildfire taken Sunday, 12:10 a.m., Aug. 15, from Lake Country looking across Okanagan Lake toward Fintry. (Facebook photo)

No overnight growth on White Rock Lake wildfire

Wind, however, is in forecast for Sunday afternoon with showers expected Monday and Tuesday

A shot of the White Rock Lake wildfire taken Sunday, 12:10 a.m., Aug. 15, from Lake Country looking across Okanagan Lake toward Fintry. (Facebook photo)
Man brought to shore in Summerland by private boat on Okanagan Lake. (John Arendt/ Summerland Review)

Unconscious man on Sea-Doo in Okanagan Lake rescued by passing boat

The man was brought a shore in Summerland

Man brought to shore in Summerland by private boat on Okanagan Lake. (John Arendt/ Summerland Review)
A southbound lane on Highway 97 in Lake Country past Robinson Road is closed Wednesday morning, Aug. 4, due to a mudslide. (Twitter photo)

Highway 97 southbound lane in Lake Country closed due to mudslide

Motorists asked to slow down in area past Robinson Road heading toward Kelowna

A southbound lane on Highway 97 in Lake Country past Robinson Road is closed Wednesday morning, Aug. 4, due to a mudslide. (Twitter photo)
Crash on Coquihalla Tuesday. (Image: Contributed)

UPDATE: Coquihalla northbound reopened after crash near Merritt

The two of the north bound lanes outside of Merrit are closed

Crash on Coquihalla Tuesday. (Image: Contributed)
Kamloops RCMP photo.

3 arrested following robbery and van fire in Kamloops

A van was discovered in flames in Riverside Park on Tuesday morning

Kamloops RCMP photo.
A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro

Public risking lives on BC Hydro facilities pursuing perfect selfies

Incidents range from climbing transmission towers to swimming in restricted areas at dam sites

A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro