B.C. Wildfires 2021

An evacuation alert for the Township of Spallumcheen was lifted Wednesday, Sept. 1, upon a recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service. (Township of Spallumcheen photo)

Alert for Township of Spallumcheen lifted

Move based on recommendation by B.C. Wildfire Service Wednesday, Sept. 1

An evacuation alert for the Township of Spallumcheen was lifted Wednesday, Sept. 1, upon a recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service. (Township of Spallumcheen photo)
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. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

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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. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)

B.C. wildfires a `wake-up call’ to return to Indigenous-led fire management

The BCWS should be working with and learning from sqilxw Peoples

The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)
The air quality statement issued on Tuesday, Aug. 31 warned residents of smoky skies for two days. Environment Canada urged people to be mindful of the health effects of wildfire smoke and limit time spent outdoors. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Smoky skies bulletin lifted for Kelowna, Vernon; remains in place for South Okanagan

A special air quality statement still remains for the South Okanagan

The air quality statement issued on Tuesday, Aug. 31 warned residents of smoky skies for two days. Environment Canada urged people to be mindful of the health effects of wildfire smoke and limit time spent outdoors. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Satellite imagery showing the extent of the burned land from the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)

Disposal of ruined fridges and freezers being offered due to the Nk’Mip fire

Power can be cut in wildfire areas like Shrike Hill which can leave food to spoil

Satellite imagery showing the extent of the burned land from the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
Fire retardant lines have been created to act as a guard along the top of the Skaha Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Services)

Skaha Creek fire near Penticton not growing in size

The fire stayed within the containment lines overnight

Fire retardant lines have been created to act as a guard along the top of the Skaha Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Services)
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Two new fires were reported Aug. 30, 2021, near the north end of the White Rock Lake wildfire’s evacuation alert area. One already is deemed under control. (Black Press Media photo)

2 new fires sparked on White Rock Lake wildfire’s edge

BC Wildfire Services reported two new fires; one already deemed under control

Two new fires were reported Aug. 30, 2021, near the north end of the White Rock Lake wildfire’s evacuation alert area. One already is deemed under control. (Black Press Media photo)
Firefighter Andrew Pettit walks among the flames during a control burn on June 11, 2019 in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, California. (Brian Melley/The Associated Press)

B.C. extends wildfire state of emergency again to Sept. 14

Province says the move allows them to quickly respond to changing wildfire conditions

Firefighter Andrew Pettit walks among the flames during a control burn on June 11, 2019 in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, California. (Brian Melley/The Associated Press)
A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

‘Good progress’ being made against Mount Law wildfire burning near West Kelowna

Cooler temperatures and rain are assisting crews as they work towards containing the blaze

A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
These Seadoos came through the path of a skimmer trying to refill on Okanagan Lake on Sunday, Aug. 29 to help fight the Skaha Creek fire. (Viola Nash Hutchinson Facebook)

Penticton boat launches close after boaters, Seadoos get in way of wildfire skimmers

Watercrafts seen coming in the path of skimmers trying to refill on Okanagan Lake

These Seadoos came through the path of a skimmer trying to refill on Okanagan Lake on Sunday, Aug. 29 to help fight the Skaha Creek fire. (Viola Nash Hutchinson Facebook)
Air tankers worked along the north side of the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Planned ignition on Skaha Creek wildfire near Penticton

The fire had minimal growth overnight

Air tankers worked along the north side of the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on evacuation alert.

Over 200 properties put on evacuation alert due to Skaha Creek wildfire near Penticton

Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on alert

Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on evacuation alert.
Air tankers will be working the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton wildfire grows to over 200 hectares

Air tankers, helicopters and over 55 ground crew working on Skaha Creek fire

Air tankers will be working the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Nalayia Taylor and Rhyan Leggett Grayston raise funds for firefighters at their roadside sales table at the corner of 10th Street SW and 10th Avenue SW on Friday, Aug. 27. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Young Salmon Arm residents raise funds for firefighters

Thoughts of wildfire crews having to sleep in tents and use porta-potties part of inspiration

Nalayia Taylor and Rhyan Leggett Grayston raise funds for firefighters at their roadside sales table at the corner of 10th Street SW and 10th Avenue SW on Friday, Aug. 27. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
<ins>Vernon physical therapists, chiropractors and registered massage therapists have banded together to give treatments to firefighters at the Vernon Fire Camp at Kin Race Track. </ins>Working a recent shift were, from left: Steve Piper, chiropractor, Monashee Health Collective; Chris MacDonald, RMT, Arise Massage; Anna Van de Vosse, RMT, Tri Lake Massage and Wellness Clinic; Darcie Weglo, chiropractor, Creekside Dynamic Health; Nathan Bruneau, physical therapist, South End Spine and Sports Physical Therapy; Michaela Rempel, RMT, Creekside Dynamic Health; Katrina Jahner, RMT, Creekside Dynamic Health. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)

Firefighters in good hands at Vernon camp

Physical therapists, chiropractors, registered massage therapists offer volunteer treatments at Vernon Fire Camp

<ins>Vernon physical therapists, chiropractors and registered massage therapists have banded together to give treatments to firefighters at the Vernon Fire Camp at Kin Race Track. </ins>Working a recent shift were, from left: Steve Piper, chiropractor, Monashee Health Collective; Chris MacDonald, RMT, Arise Massage; Anna Van de Vosse, RMT, Tri Lake Massage and Wellness Clinic; Darcie Weglo, chiropractor, Creekside Dynamic Health; Nathan Bruneau, physical therapist, South End Spine and Sports Physical Therapy; Michaela Rempel, RMT, Creekside Dynamic Health; Katrina Jahner, RMT, Creekside Dynamic Health. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)
A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

UPDATE: Evacuation order rescinded for Mount Law wildfire

Evacuation alert still remains in place for the area

A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Controlled burn above the Irish Creek area, taken at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Okanagan Indian Band - Facebook)

White Rock Lake wildfire nears containment after successful planned burn

BC Wildfire Service estimates the fire could be contained within seven to 10 days

Controlled burn above the Irish Creek area, taken at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Okanagan Indian Band - Facebook)
Mike Biden took this photo of the Skaha Creek fire from Skaha Hills neighbourhood at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 29, 2021. (Mike Biden)
Mike Biden took this photo of the Skaha Creek fire from Skaha Hills neighbourhood at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 29, 2021. (Mike Biden)
A grass fire has been updated to a brush fire in Peachland and crews are responding to the scene. (Black Press file photo)

Crews responding to brush fire in Peachland

The fire was first reported at approximately 8:25 p.m.

A grass fire has been updated to a brush fire in Peachland and crews are responding to the scene. (Black Press file photo)