Lachlan Labere

The BC Wildfire Service issued a warning after a drone was spotted near the Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (File photo)

Drone distracts firefighters tackling Shuswap wildfire

BC Wildfire Service issues warning after drone spotted near Crazy Creek blaze

The BC Wildfire Service issued a warning after a drone was spotted near the Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (File photo)
A structure destroyed by flames in Monte Lake Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Facebook)

Structures, campground destroyed as White Rock Lake wildfire grows to 45,000 hectares

Regional district waiting until its safe before conducting assessment of the damage

A structure destroyed by flames in Monte Lake Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Facebook)
Heavy smoke from wildfires continued to blanket Salmon Arm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. residents right to blame smoke for recent feeling of fatigue

Salmon Arm doctor says mental health might also be a contributing factor

Heavy smoke from wildfires continued to blanket Salmon Arm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Displaced by the White Rock Lake wildfire, evacuees from Falkland were asked to register at Salmon Arm’s Prestige Harbourfront Resort beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 5, 2021. (File photo)

Temporary access permits planned for evacuated Falkland property owners

BC Wildfire Service advises evacuated area currently unsafe for public access

Displaced by the White Rock Lake wildfire, evacuees from Falkland were asked to register at Salmon Arm’s Prestige Harbourfront Resort beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 5, 2021. (File photo)
As of Thursday, Aug. 5, the White Rock Lake wildfire was estimated to be 32,500 hectares in size. On Aug. 4, in response to the fire, an evacuation order was issued for Falkland in Electoral Area D of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Efforts underway to find lodging for Falkland residents under evacuation order

Columbia Shuswap Regional District says about 1,200 people from 580 properties affected by order

As of Thursday, Aug. 5, the White Rock Lake wildfire was estimated to be 32,500 hectares in size. On Aug. 4, in response to the fire, an evacuation order was issued for Falkland in Electoral Area D of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Chad, son Daxton, daughter Trinity and wife Shanel pose for a photo at DeMille’s Farm Market where Trinity was born in the early morning hours of on Aug. 3, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Shuswap couple pull off Highway 1 in Salmon Arm to give birth to child

Father guided over phone through early morning delivery of daughter

Chad, son Daxton, daughter Trinity and wife Shanel pose for a photo at DeMille’s Farm Market where Trinity was born in the early morning hours of on Aug. 3, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
(Manfredrichter/Pixcabay photo)

UPDATE: Rocks fall on Highway 1 near Sicamous, damage car, delay traffic

Highway open, one vehicle reported damaged

(Manfredrichter/Pixcabay photo)
The BC Wildfire Service has received reports of traffic controllers working the roadblocks around the Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous being subject to verbal and physical abuse from the public. (Aim Roads photo)

Abuse of flaggers at wildfire roadblocks on Highway 97A inflames Sicamous fire chief

BC Wildfire Service, RCMP encourage respect of traffic controllers there for public safety

The BC Wildfire Service has received reports of traffic controllers working the roadblocks around the Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous being subject to verbal and physical abuse from the public. (Aim Roads photo)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services and BC Wildfire Service personnel are responding to a brush fire on the east side of Highway 97 just south of the Kal Lake Lookout, believed to have been sparked by a vehicle fire. (Roger Knox-Vernon Morning Star)

UPDATE: Vehicle fire ignites brush blaze along Highway 97 south of Vernon

Vernon Fire Rescue Services and BC Wildfire Service responding.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services and BC Wildfire Service personnel are responding to a brush fire on the east side of Highway 97 just south of the Kal Lake Lookout, believed to have been sparked by a vehicle fire. (Roger Knox-Vernon Morning Star)
Sicamous RCMP are investigating a suspicious structural fire that occurred on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (File photo)
Sicamous RCMP are investigating a suspicious structural fire that occurred on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (File photo)
City of Salmon Arm staff and residents are concerned complaints about local licensed residential cannabis grow operations are not being heard by Health Canada. (File photo)

Salmon Arm residents, city frustrated with Health Canada on cannabis odour concerns

City staff say there is no consultation around licensing of home grow operations

City of Salmon Arm staff and residents are concerned complaints about local licensed residential cannabis grow operations are not being heard by Health Canada. (File photo)
Emmett Quintal sports a medal he received after acing the second hole at the Cedar Heights golf course in Blind Bay. (Contributed)

Four-year-old aces hole at Shuswap’s Cedar Heights golf course

Young golf prodigy over the moon with hole-in-one

Emmett Quintal sports a medal he received after acing the second hole at the Cedar Heights golf course in Blind Bay. (Contributed)
Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Day 7 of Sicamous Two Mile Road wildfire brings a bit of good news

Fire chief cautions residents still need to be ready to evacuate

Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)
Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Day 7 of Sicamous Two Mile Road wildfire brings a bit of good news

Fire chief cautions residents still need to be ready to evacuate

Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)
The majority of Sicamous properties under an evacuation order are now on evacuation alert. (CSRD photo)

Majority of Sicamous properties under evacuation order now under evacuation alert

Residents able to return home but must be prepared to leave

The majority of Sicamous properties under an evacuation order are now on evacuation alert. (CSRD photo)
A BC Wildfire Service helicopter approaches the Two Mile Road fire south of Sicamous on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. As July 23, the fire had grown to 1,000 hectares, prompting evacuation orders and alerts for Sicamous and Swansea Point. More inside. (Peggy Buckler photo)

People not staying clear of Two Mile Road fire operations putting lives at risk: Sicamous fire chief

Fire chief grateful for the public support, including meals donated to firefighters

A BC Wildfire Service helicopter approaches the Two Mile Road fire south of Sicamous on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. As July 23, the fire had grown to 1,000 hectares, prompting evacuation orders and alerts for Sicamous and Swansea Point. More inside. (Peggy Buckler photo)
As of Thursday morning, July 22, the Two Mile Road fire south of Sicamous was at 800 hectares, prompting a new evacuation alert for Swansea Point. (CSRD photo)

‘We’ve got a monster sitting above our town’: Sicamous fire chief on day 3 of Two Mile Road wildfire

Sicamous firefighters, BC Wildfire Service awaiting more resources

As of Thursday morning, July 22, the Two Mile Road fire south of Sicamous was at 800 hectares, prompting a new evacuation alert for Swansea Point. (CSRD photo)
A September 2021 court date is set for a Salmon Arm man charged with possessing child and distributing child pornography. (File photo)

Salmon Arm man charged with possessing, distributing child pornography

June 25 arrest followed two-year police investigation

A September 2021 court date is set for a Salmon Arm man charged with possessing child and distributing child pornography. (File photo)
The BC Wildfire Service reported the Two Mile Road interface fire near Sicamous was at 400 hectares as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Zachary Roman-Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: Sicamous wildfire puts Swansea on evac alert

UPDATE: Wind conditions favourable, fire moving away from Sicamous

The BC Wildfire Service reported the Two Mile Road interface fire near Sicamous was at 400 hectares as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Zachary Roman-Salmon Arm Observer)
The BC Wildfire Service reports the Inkaneep Creek fire is burning aggressively and is now at 300 hectares in size. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Wildfire prompts power interruption between Oliver and Osoyoos

Fortis BC says it has shut down power for 3,000 customers, will restore when safe

The BC Wildfire Service reports the Inkaneep Creek fire is burning aggressively and is now at 300 hectares in size. (BC Wildfire Service photo)