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Lori Goldman, right, cheers as MP Richard Cannings signs a pledge for climate action as part of the climate change rally in Penticton on July 29. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western)

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

Dozens gathered to rally against the worsening climate

Lori Goldman, right, cheers as MP Richard Cannings signs a pledge for climate action as part of the climate change rally in Penticton on July 29. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western)
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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

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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.)
An aerial photo from the White Rock Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

BC Wildfire: ‘Wind is our greatest enemy’ for Okanagan fires

High temperatures but lack of wind seen as favourable to progress on wildfires

An aerial photo from the White Rock Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
With bone dry conditions, every bush and tree is kindling for the Nk’Mip fire. (Oliver Fire)

Over 100 properties taken off evacuation alert for Nk’Mip fire

The Nk’Mip Creek fire has continued to grow but has moved away from the town

With bone dry conditions, every bush and tree is kindling for the Nk’Mip fire. (Oliver Fire)
The Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire is over 6,500 hectares and growing. (BC Wildfire Service Twitter)

One home damaged in Nk’Mip fire, Mexican reinforcements arrive this weekend

A camper and power lines in the area have also been damaged

The Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire is over 6,500 hectares and growing. (BC Wildfire Service Twitter)
The estimated perimeter of the Nk'Mip Creek Wildfire as of Friday, July 23. (BC Wildfire Service)

Nk’Mip Creek wildfire north of Osoyoos now over 6,800 hectares

Clearing smoke gave BC Wildfire a chance to finally update their size estimate

The estimated perimeter of the Nk'Mip Creek Wildfire as of Friday, July 23. (BC Wildfire Service)
Highway 3, nine km west of the Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos, looking east. (DriveBC)

Highway 3 still open as other South Okanagan roads close for Nk’Mip Wildfire

The fire is approaching the Camp McKinney Road east of Oliver

Highway 3, nine km west of the Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos, looking east. (DriveBC)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)

Heat and high winds drive Nk’Mip wildfire north of Osoyoos

Anarchist Mountain residents have all been forced to evacuate

The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
The Osoyoos Indian Band has expanded their evacuation orders to cover properties on Rancher Creek Road and Valleyview Road. (Zoom Earth)

Osoyoos Indian Band issues additional evacuation order for Nk’Mip Creek fire

Satellite imaging appears to show the fire approaching structures

The Osoyoos Indian Band has expanded their evacuation orders to cover properties on Rancher Creek Road and Valleyview Road. (Zoom Earth)
The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk'Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato - Black Press)

Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos top priority for BC Wildfire

Over 370 properties on evacuation order but some refusing to leave

The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk'Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato - Black Press)
Penticton Fire Department and the RCMP are investigating a fire that took place on July 20 at around 10 p.m. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Shed and nearby dumpsters burn in Penticton

Penticton Fire Department and RCMP are investigating

Penticton Fire Department and the RCMP are investigating a fire that took place on July 20 at around 10 p.m. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Nk’Mip Creek fire, pictured here on July 19, 2021, has exploded to over 2,000 hectares in size. (Karlee McCarthy Facebook)

Nk’Mip Creek fire grows to 2,000 hectares, Interior Health clinics cancelled, power out

Interior Health is currently in talks with local officials on the fire situation

The Nk’Mip Creek fire, pictured here on July 19, 2021, has exploded to over 2,000 hectares in size. (Karlee McCarthy Facebook)
Okanagan Correctional Centre is near to two large wildfires in the South Okanagan. (Phil Mclachlan - Western News - File)

Corrections in talks on possible evacuation of Okanagan Correctional Centre

Corrections is speaking with local emergency officials concerning nearby wildfires

Okanagan Correctional Centre is near to two large wildfires in the South Okanagan. (Phil Mclachlan - Western News - File)
RCMP have taken a woman into custody following a series of suspicious fires in Keremeos. (Black Press File)

Similkameen Valley woman arrested for allegedly setting fires

The RCMP confirmed a 39-year-old woman was arrested on July 16 in Keremeos

RCMP have taken a woman into custody following a series of suspicious fires in Keremeos. (Black Press File)
Plenty of people showed up as Canadian folk musician Valdy took to the Grist Mill stage as one of the first major concerts since COVID-19 began to spread. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Valdy opens first live concert in Similkameen Valley since pandemic

From village council to the local Legion, things are getting back to normal

Plenty of people showed up as Canadian folk musician Valdy took to the Grist Mill stage as one of the first major concerts since COVID-19 began to spread. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News - File)

Court battle over South Okanagan woman’s cash seized in RCMP raid

RCMP also seized drugs and firearms during their 2018 search

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News - File)
Thomas Creek wildfire as seen at night. The fire, above OK Falls has grown to 1,100 ha. (Mike Biden)

Thomas Creek wildfire swells to 1,100 hectares

BC Wildfire has deployed heavy equipment to fire’s southwest side in OK Falls direction

Thomas Creek wildfire as seen at night. The fire, above OK Falls has grown to 1,100 ha. (Mike Biden)
The fire currently burning above Pottery Road in Vernon. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)

Drone spotted flying near out of control Vernon wildfire

The incident was reported by the BC Wildfire Service on Twitter

The fire currently burning above Pottery Road in Vernon. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)
The fire that broke out late Friday night, July 9, is now classified as being under control by BC Wildfire. The evacuation order for homes along Clarke Road was lifted earlier that morning. (Rick Windsor/Facebook)

Update: Evacuation order rescinded for Vernon wildfire

Highway 97 had partially reopened Saturday morning after the fire closed it overnight

The fire that broke out late Friday night, July 9, is now classified as being under control by BC Wildfire. The evacuation order for homes along Clarke Road was lifted earlier that morning. (Rick Windsor/Facebook)