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The most recent map of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire's perimeter from August 9, including areas where planned ignitions were conducted. (BC Wildfire Service)

Keremeos Creek Wildfire over 6,800 hectares

No estimate for when Highway 3A will reopen

Controlled ignitions northwest of Olalla on Sunday, Aug. 7. Control lines are being established. (BC Wildfire)

BC Wildfire asks for patience as evacuation orders drag on for Keremeos Creek wildfire

Progress being made but ‘belligerent’ evacuees draw down resources: BC Wildfire

Controlled ignitions northwest of Olalla on Sunday, Aug. 7. Control lines are being established. (BC Wildfire)
Floaters on the Penticton River Channel needed the fire department to rescue them after they tied together their floats and became tangled around the bridge. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Penticton fire department called to rescue floaters on River Channel

The floaters had become tangled around the centre pillar after tying the rafts together

Floaters on the Penticton River Channel needed the fire department to rescue them after they tied together their floats and became tangled around the bridge. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
BC Coroners Service and Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a fatal ATV crash near Williams Lake Aug. 7, 2022. (RCMP logo)
BC Coroners Service and Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a fatal ATV crash near Williams Lake Aug. 7, 2022. (RCMP logo)
Penticton RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in Okanagan Falls Saturday, Aug. 6, and found a woman suffering from serious injuries. A man was taken into custody without incident. (file photo)

RCMP investigate Okanagan Falls shooting

Woman found suffering from serious injuries Saturday, Aug. 6; man taken into custody without incident

Penticton RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in Okanagan Falls Saturday, Aug. 6, and found a woman suffering from serious injuries. A man was taken into custody without incident. (file photo)
A lottery ticket for the Aug. 5 Lotto Max competition matched all four Extra numbers, worth $500,000, and was purchased in Lake Country. (File photo)

Lake Country lottery ticket worth $500K

Ticket matched all four Extra numbers in the Lotto Max draw Aug. 5

A lottery ticket for the Aug. 5 Lotto Max competition matched all four Extra numbers, worth $500,000, and was purchased in Lake Country. (File photo)
BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)

No structure damage overnight as crews continue to battle Keremeos Creek wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says crews were challenged overnight in fighting the blaze north of Olalla

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)
In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)

‘Help is available’: Emergency assistance for pets amid Keremeos Creek Wildfire

BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires in 2021

In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)
Smoke filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Not too late to FireSmart property against Keremeos Creek wildfire: RDOS

The RDOS issued an advisory also warning against leaving sprinklers running

Smoke filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
GottaGoat Farm on Penticton’s Green Mountain Road has evacuated its animals, amid wildfire concerns. (Photo- GottaGoat Facebook)

Apex area farm calls for help in evacuating animals amid Keremeos Creek wildfire

Gotta Goat Farm on Green Mountain Road is currently evacuating all of its animals

GottaGoat Farm on Penticton’s Green Mountain Road has evacuated its animals, amid wildfire concerns. (Photo- GottaGoat Facebook)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is applying for a licence of occupation for a portion of the former Kettle Valley Railway between Faulder and Osprey Lake. (File photo)

Regional district seeks licence of occupation for rail trail properties

Application affects trail between Faulder and Osprey Lake

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is applying for a licence of occupation for a portion of the former Kettle Valley Railway between Faulder and Osprey Lake. (File photo)
New traffic lights installed at Highway 97 and Skaha Hills Rd to improve safety. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
New traffic lights installed at Highway 97 and Skaha Hills Rd to improve safety. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Left to right, Bud Cary, S.S. Sicamous Society treasurer, and Matt Verboeket hold up the $5,000 donation from CN that will go towards restoring Tug #6 for public tours. The goal is to have it ready in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

S.S. Sicamous Society receives $5k for tugboat restoration

The donation from CN will go towards making the tug ship-shape and tour-ready

Left to right, Bud Cary, S.S. Sicamous Society treasurer, and Matt Verboeket hold up the $5,000 donation from CN that will go towards restoring Tug #6 for public tours. The goal is to have it ready in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire is an estimated 4,250 hectares in size, not taking into account overnight growth. (Heather Haughian- Western News)

UPDATE: Olalla under evacuation, Keremeos on alert due to Keremeos Creek wildfire

Fast-moving winds has over 170 properties under evacuation order as of 5 p.m.

The Keremeos Creek wildfire is an estimated 4,250 hectares in size, not taking into account overnight growth. (Heather Haughian- Western News)
Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)

Okanagan to experience common, yet ‘dangerous’ summertime weather pattern

Chance of thunderstorms in the forecast across the region starting Thursday

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)
Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied

B.C. mom uses ribbons to honour late son, shed light on mental illness

Judi Hills says we need to do more to end the stigma associated with mental illness

Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied
Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

Falling debris from Keremeos Creek wildfire temporarily closes Highway 3A

The debris was cleared quickly but more could fall onto the highway

Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)

VIDEO: Illegal parking at Cultus Lake causes problems for first responders

Cultus Lake Fire Department has to creep through traffic on Columbia Valley Highway

A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)