Kristi Patton

The Eagle Bluff fire, north of Oliver, is 225 hectares. Airtankers on site dropped retardant along the east flank to limit the potential for overnight growth on Monday. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)

Update: Wildfire in South Okanagan grows to 280 hectares

Wildfire is north of Oliver in the Gallagher Lake region

The Eagle Bluff fire, north of Oliver, is 225 hectares. Airtankers on site dropped retardant along the east flank to limit the potential for overnight growth on Monday. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)
Smoke covering the mountains looking towards Oliver earlier on Monday due to the wildfire near Gallagher Lake and smoke coming from a wildfire in Washington State. (Photo courtesy of Cheri Swanson)

Smoky skies bulletin for South Okanagan due to wildfires

Interior Health has issued a smoky skies bulletin

Smoke covering the mountains looking towards Oliver earlier on Monday due to the wildfire near Gallagher Lake and smoke coming from a wildfire in Washington State. (Photo courtesy of Cheri Swanson)
Several properties are on evacuation alert because of a wildfire burning north of Oliver in the Gallagher Lake area. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)

Raptors evacuated due to threatening South Okanagan wildfire

Properties on evac alert due to Eagle Bluff wildfire, located north of Oliver in the Gallagher Lake

Several properties are on evacuation alert because of a wildfire burning north of Oliver in the Gallagher Lake area. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)
Update: South Okanagan wildfire now estimated to be 225 hectares

Update: South Okanagan wildfire now estimated to be 225 hectares

Fire is in the Gallagher Lake area, north of Oliver

Update: South Okanagan wildfire now estimated to be 225 hectares
A packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre during a recent concert. (Jeff Hook — South Okanagan Events Centre)

Okanagan’s best contest, Key to the SOEC, returns

A chance to win two tickets to every ticketed event at the South Okanagan Events Centre

A packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre during a recent concert. (Jeff Hook — South Okanagan Events Centre)
Described as the moder-day block watch, an app called Lightcatch is growing its user base in Penticton. A group page on Facebook called Penticton Lightcatch has also been established. (Mark Brett — Western News)

Modern-day block watch app, Lightcatch, catching on in South Okanagan

The app creator has a mission to give those with a mobile phone the ability to stop trouble

Described as the moder-day block watch, an app called Lightcatch is growing its user base in Penticton. A group page on Facebook called Penticton Lightcatch has also been established. (Mark Brett — Western News)
Video: Olympian leads viral Git Up challenge with Okanagan kids

Video: Olympian leads viral Git Up challenge with Okanagan kids

A hockey player twist on one of the latest viral dance challenges

Video: Olympian leads viral Git Up challenge with Okanagan kids
RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Colin Palmer, 41, who was last seen by his family on Saturday evening. It is believed he was kayaking on Okanagan Lake near Sunoka Beach. (Photo submitted by RCMP)

Body found on Okanagan Lake confirmed to be missing kayaker

Colin Palmer, 41, was last heard from when he took his kayak out on Okanagan Lake on July 13

RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Colin Palmer, 41, who was last seen by his family on Saturday evening. It is believed he was kayaking on Okanagan Lake near Sunoka Beach. (Photo submitted by RCMP)
Richter Mountain wildfire suppression efforts focused on the ground

Richter Mountain wildfire suppression efforts focused on the ground

The fire is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike on July 24

Richter Mountain wildfire suppression efforts focused on the ground
Members of the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue helped bring 10 overdue hikers back to safety after they were reported missing while in the Gallagher Canyon area, north of Oliver. (Photo courtesy of Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue)

Overdue hikers spend the night in a South Okanagan canyon

Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue helped rescue 10 overdue hikers

Members of the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue helped bring 10 overdue hikers back to safety after they were reported missing while in the Gallagher Canyon area, north of Oliver. (Photo courtesy of Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue)
A helicopter bucketing water at the Richter Mountain wildfire on Sunday. (BC Wildfire photo)

Richter Mountain wildfire now held

Monday’s suppression efforts will be focused on the ground

A helicopter bucketing water at the Richter Mountain wildfire on Sunday. (BC Wildfire photo)
PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. (Submitted photo)

All paws on deck for when PAW Patrol comes to Penticton

PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre

PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. (Submitted photo)
WILDFIRE The Richter Mountain wildfire burned close to properties in Cawston. Overnight on Thursday evening to Friday morning, neighbours in the area used their own firefighting equipment to battle the blaze. (Photo submitted)

Smoky skies alert issued for Similkameen

The Similkameen is forecasted to impacted by wildfire smoke

WILDFIRE The Richter Mountain wildfire burned close to properties in Cawston. Overnight on Thursday evening to Friday morning, neighbours in the area used their own firefighting equipment to battle the blaze. (Photo submitted)
The Richter Wildfire, near Cawston, is at an estimated 250 hectares as of Saturday, July 27. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)

Update: Wind pushes Richter Mountain wildfire back on itself

Wildfire near Cawston is now an estimated 250 hectares

The Richter Wildfire, near Cawston, is at an estimated 250 hectares as of Saturday, July 27. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)
A celebration of life for Harry McWatters, a pioneer of the B.C. wine industry, is scheduled for Aug. 9 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Submitted photo)

Celebration of life scheduled for B.C. wine industry pioneer

Harry McWatters died on July 24 at the age of 74, in the comfort of his own home in Summerland

A celebration of life for Harry McWatters, a pioneer of the B.C. wine industry, is scheduled for Aug. 9 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Submitted photo)
RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager (right) with Const. James Grandy at a press conference Wednesday. (Western News file photo)

South Okanagan-Similkameen top cop transferring to RCMP headquarters

Penticton supt. leaving to work in the Operations Strategy Branch in Surrey

RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager (right) with Const. James Grandy at a press conference Wednesday. (Western News file photo)
Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen appeared in the Penticton court house on June 20 for his bail hearing. He is facing two charges of assault, one charge of aggravated assault and one charge of sexual assault in relation to an incident on a Penticton beach on May 3. The decision regarding his bail is expected for Monday, June 24. (Western News file photo)

Man in court for allegedly vandalizing former home of accused Penticton shooter

Zachary Charles Steele has been charged with one count of mischief to property

Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen appeared in the Penticton court house on June 20 for his bail hearing. He is facing two charges of assault, one charge of aggravated assault and one charge of sexual assault in relation to an incident on a Penticton beach on May 3. The decision regarding his bail is expected for Monday, June 24. (Western News file photo)
One person was arrested following an alleged break and enter at the Oliver Food Bank. (Submitted photo)

RCMP call alleged theft from South Okanagan food bank “heartless”

One person in custody for allegedly breaking into the Oliver Food Bank

One person was arrested following an alleged break and enter at the Oliver Food Bank. (Submitted photo)
BC Wildfire map showing the two wildfires south of Penticton that started on Tuesday evening. (BC Wildfire map)

Two new wildfires after storm rolls through the South Okanagan

Both of the fires were put on the wildfire map on Tuesday evening as a thunderstorm rolled through

BC Wildfire map showing the two wildfires south of Penticton that started on Tuesday evening. (BC Wildfire map)
An RCMP officer talks to a man in front of Wrights Beach Camp and RV park early Sunday morning. (Mark Brett - Western News)

RCMP track down vehicle used in South Okanagan hit and run

Penticton RCMP are asking for any witnesses to a hit and run incident to come forward

An RCMP officer talks to a man in front of Wrights Beach Camp and RV park early Sunday morning. (Mark Brett - Western News)