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The Garrison Lake Fire, 32 km from Princeton, as seen from the Princeton airport Thursday, Aug. 5, at 10 p.m. Photo submitted.

Community of Eastgate ordered to evacuate due to Garrison Lake wildfire

The Regional District issued the alert Saturday evening

The Garrison Lake Fire, 32 km from Princeton, as seen from the Princeton airport Thursday, Aug. 5, at 10 p.m. Photo submitted.
Activity spotted on the Thomas Creek wildfire on Aug. 13. (B.C. Wildfire)

South Okanagan Wildfires staying active

Growth has been minimal on the two fires but more is expected

Activity spotted on the Thomas Creek wildfire on Aug. 13. (B.C. Wildfire)
Staff at Penticton's Booster Juice stores are facing abuse over the decision to require masks in the store, despite accomodations for those who can't or won't wear masks. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton Booster Juice owner pleads for kindness as abuse of staff ramps up over mask policy

The Penticton Booster Juice has seen incidents of verbal and physical abuse hurled because of masks

Staff at Penticton's Booster Juice stores are facing abuse over the decision to require masks in the store, despite accomodations for those who can't or won't wear masks. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A fire consumed a home and workshop in Olalla early on Aug. 14. (Submitted)

Update: Keremeos Fire Department wrestles down Olalla fire after 7 hours

No injuries were reported and multiple buildings were damaged

A fire consumed a home and workshop in Olalla early on Aug. 14. (Submitted)
Penticton’s courthouse. (Western News - File)

Oliver businessman charged in immigration scandal to plead guilty

Randhir Toor of Oliver will return to court Nov. 5 with an intention of pleading guilty

Penticton’s courthouse. (Western News - File)
A helicopter buckets water over the White Rock Lake wildfire near Westside on Aug. 10. Evacuees from the fire are one of six groups who have been assisted by Penticton’s Emergency Support Services. (Darren Wolf photo)

Close to 850 evacuees from 6 wildfires registered for support in Penticton since July

The city’s emergency support services have provided support for just over 440 evacuees

A helicopter buckets water over the White Rock Lake wildfire near Westside on Aug. 10. Evacuees from the fire are one of six groups who have been assisted by Penticton’s Emergency Support Services. (Darren Wolf photo)
COVID-19 cases are once again rising in the Okanagan. (BC CDC)

First week of August sees 30 new COVID-19 cases in South Okanagan

Penticton alone accounted for 19 of the new cases

COVID-19 cases are once again rising in the Okanagan. (BC CDC)
B.C. WIldfire Services operational map for the Thomas Creek Wildfire as of Aug. 11. (BC Wildfire)

BC Wildfire: Expect activity to pick up on South Okanagan wildfires

The fires have been quiet over the last few days

B.C. WIldfire Services operational map for the Thomas Creek Wildfire as of Aug. 11. (BC Wildfire)
A number of the employees at Coyote Cruises are youth, and recently they were subjected racist abuse by people who floated down the river channel. (Western News file photo)

Indigenous youth attacked by intoxicated rafters in Penticton, sparking condemnation

The youth were subjected to verbal and physical abuse by intoxicated rafters

A number of the employees at Coyote Cruises are youth, and recently they were subjected racist abuse by people who floated down the river channel. (Western News file photo)
The Spur Wildfire south of the border, as seen from Sidley Mountain east of Osoyoos. (Jennifer Brock - Facebook)

Smoke seen in Osoyoos from two wildfires south of the border

The Spur and Walker Creek wildfires are currently over 1,100 hectares combined

The Spur Wildfire south of the border, as seen from Sidley Mountain east of Osoyoos. (Jennifer Brock - Facebook)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton business faces gun trafficking charges

The charges stem from a Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigation

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The area in green shows where evacuation alerts have been rescinded. (RDOS)

Evacuation alerts near Highway 3 rescinded as Nk’Mip Creek wildfire burns north

The contingent of Mexican firefighters returns to battle the blaze on Wednesday

The area in green shows where evacuation alerts have been rescinded. (RDOS)
Crews took advantage of favourable winds on Aug. 6 to successfully complete a 300 hectare planned ignition along the northeast flank of the Thomas Creek fire. (BC Wildfire)

South Okanagan wildfires to stay active until winter: BC Wildfire

There is a long, dry and hot fire season ahead for the South Okanagan Similkameen

Crews took advantage of favourable winds on Aug. 6 to successfully complete a 300 hectare planned ignition along the northeast flank of the Thomas Creek fire. (BC Wildfire)
Keremeos’ Community Garden is open for everyone. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos’ community garden is for the people

No one has to come in the middle of the night and try to steal what’s freely available says gardener

Keremeos’ Community Garden is open for everyone. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The White Rock Lake wildfire burns near the Westside on Friday night, Aug. 6, 2021. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
The White Rock Lake wildfire burns near the Westside on Friday night, Aug. 6, 2021. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
Crews working on Vaseux Lake Aug. 4, 2021. (Doug Greason, Facebook)

Mexican firecrew taking time to recover before returning to Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire

The South Okanagan’s cooler temperatures and recent rain are expected to help with fire conditions

Crews working on Vaseux Lake Aug. 4, 2021. (Doug Greason, Facebook)
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Oliver RCMP escort woman home after being stalked

The woman called RCMP after receiving multiple uninvited advances from an older man

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The Similkameen River as seen from the Red Bridge west of Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Night rescue saves 3 from Similkameen River

The three river riders were stuck for several hours until they could be rescued

The Similkameen River as seen from the Red Bridge west of Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The Garrison Lake Wildfire as of Aug. 5 as seen by satellite. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)

Aerial ignitions planned for Garrison Lake wildfire south of Princeton

The fire is now an estimated 10,600 hectares in size

The Garrison Lake Wildfire as of Aug. 5 as seen by satellite. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
The Red Bridge is an iconic fixture in Keremeos and is the sole survivor of the five bridges that crossed the Similkameen River, built in 1907-1909. (Nancy Arbuckle Facebook)

Arsonists attempt to torch historic Red Bridge in Keremeos

Crews also put out a grass fire that had started from a burning barrel

The Red Bridge is an iconic fixture in Keremeos and is the sole survivor of the five bridges that crossed the Similkameen River, built in 1907-1909. (Nancy Arbuckle Facebook)