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State of emergency declared

Jul 4, 2015 / 3:42 pm

Dozens of wildfires burning across British Columbia are forcing residents from their homes, with one small Vancouver Island district declaring a state of emergency. Port Hardy Mayor Hank Bood said a state of emergency was issued on Saturday morning after an 16-hectare fire caused the evacuation...

Coquihalla still burns

Jul 4, 2015 / 12:33 pm

The fire along the Coquihalla Highway is still burning today, after it shut down highway traffic yesterday. The highway is now open to vehicle traffic at a a reduced speed, but the fire is still burning in a 7.5 hectare area. Crews are presently on scene fighting the blaze. BC Wildfire...

Newby fire burns favourably

Jul 4, 2015 / 10:03 am

The large fire burning in the wilderness west of Osoyoos continues to burn today, but is travelling in a favourable direction. The fire near Newby Lake in the Snowy Protected Area grew 40 hectares yesterday and now sits at approximately 160 hectares. Despite this growth, Kayla Pepper, fire...

Evacuations in Port Hardy

Jul 4, 2015 / 6:57 am

Residents of Port Hardy were evacuated overnight due to wildfire near the northern Vancouver Island community. The Regional District of Mount Waddington issued an evacuation order for the Mayors Way and Upper Carnarvon area due to the fire being less than 750 metres away. A reception centre...

House fire claims life

Jul 4, 2015 / 6:43 am

RCMP were on the scene of a fatal house fire in Surrey early this overnight. About 12:30 a.m., police and firefighters responded to the blaze on the 15600 block of 82nd Avenue. Sgt. David MacDonald said a man was trapped inside the residence. Firefighters removed the 50-year-old from a...

SUV ablaze on Coquihalla

Jul 3, 2015 / 7:58 pm

UPDATE 7:55 P.M. Highway 5 has reopened at Exit 286, Coldwater Interchange, South to Merritt. A 60 km/h speed limit is in effect at Caroline Mines Road 2 km south of Ladner Creek bridge UPDATE 7:45 P.M. Highway 5 remains closed southbound at Exit 286, the Coldwater Interchange, due to a...

North Okanagan manhunt

Jul 3, 2015 / 6:50 pm

A manhunt appears to be underway in the North Okanagan. Witnesses in the Annis Bay area south of Sicamous tell Castanet News armed RCMP members are scouring the area for a suspect. The individual is believed to have robbed a gas station in Sicamous on Friday and may be trying to hide out in...

Fishing ban as well as fire

Jul 3, 2015 / 3:44 pm

A relentless heat wave has forced the province to suspend fishing in parts of B.C. while imposing a total ban on open burning. The Forests Ministry has announced a Level 4 drought rating for southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, meaning water supplies are insufficient to meet the needs...

Rotund retriever rescued

Jul 3, 2015 / 2:39 pm

A beefy Labrador retriever had to be retrieved itself, after becoming dog tired on a strenuous hike with its owner. Fraser, a 120-pound yellow Lab, was along for a hike on Vancouver's North Shore, Thursday, when the portly pooch cut his paws and began panting with exhaustion. The friendly...

Newby fire jumps border

Jul 3, 2015 / 11:33 am

A wildfire burning out of control west of Osoyoos has jumped the Canada-U.S. border. The Newby Lake fire was first spotted Thursday afternoon. It has since crossed from the Snowy Protected Area in Canada into the United States. The B.C. Wildfire Service initially sent airtankers and an...

Derailment in New West

Jul 3, 2015 / 11:23 am

UPDATE 11:15 a.m. Southern Railway says there is no cause for concern after a train derailed in New Westminster. The company says the locomotive slid off the track when it went over a broken rail along Front Street about 3:30 a.m. It says the train wasn't going very fast and didn't...

Firings to be reviewed

Jul 3, 2015 / 11:18 am

British Columbia's health minister says he wants the province's ombudsperson to review the controversial firings of eight government health researchers. Terry Lake says he has begun the process to have newly appointed ombudsperson Jay Chalke review the dismissal process. Lake has been...

Fire near provincial park

Jul 3, 2015 / 10:30 am

The B.C. Wildfire Service is responding to a three-hectare wildfire near Kokanee Creek and two kilometres northeast of Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. The affected area is between Nelson and the Balfour Ferry. No structures are immediately threatened at this time. The wildfire reporting line...

Fires near Nanaimo, Sechelt

Jul 3, 2015 / 9:03 am

Crews are fighting dozens of wildfires as a heat wave scorches British Columbia, including two blazes near the urban centres of Nanaimo and Sechelt. Officials in Ladysmith say crews contained the 20-hectare grass fire south of Nanaimo on Thursday night and planned to reassess the situation on...

WestJet threats up to 5

Jul 2, 2015 / 9:23 pm

Another day, another bomb threat against WestJet. For the fifth time in less than a week, a threat was called in on a WestJet flight, Thursday afternoon. This time, the threat was aimed at flight 1709 from Las Vegas to Victoria. Victoria Airport spokesman James Bogusz told CTV the plane...

Fire burns near Midway

Jul 2, 2015 / 8:57 pm

A small wildfire is burning 5 kilometres north of Midway this evening, but poses no threat to any buildings at this point. The 5 hectare fire was discovered earlier this afternoon, and there are 25 firefighters, three helicopters and an airtanker group currently fighting it. Crews have...

Mega marina opens

Jul 2, 2015 / 6:03 pm

What's being hailed as the largest privately funded concrete marina in the North Okanagan officially opens Friday. Mabel Lake Holiday Centre will be hosting the celebratory ribbon cutting event and public barbecue to open the 260-slip marina as a much-anticipated local amenity, tourist...

Evac order for gas plant

Jul 2, 2015 / 4:38 pm

A municipality in northeastern British Columbia has declared a local state of emergency and issued an evacuation order for an oil and gas facility due to a nearby wildfire. The B.C. Wildfire Service says the lightning-sparked Petitot River Fire was discovered on June 24, is burning about 115...

Aggressive fire spreading

Jul 2, 2015 / 3:52 pm

UPDATED: 7:15 P.M. The fire has now grown to approximately 90 hectares and continues to burn aggressively. The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch is in talks with American fire crews to determine how to best deal with the blaze. Fire crews have yet to make contact with the fire, due to the...

Riot hero to pot zero

Jul 2, 2015 / 3:19 pm

A man arrested at a Vancouver pot protest on Canada Day is vowing to burn an award he received for his heroism during the Stanley Cup riot. Vancouver Police honoured Bert Easterbrook in 2013 with a certificate of merit — the highest award for civilian bravery — for stopping rioters...

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