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Pro-Palestinians protest

Aug 1, 2014 / 3:07 pm

Close to a dozen people held signs and generated support outside of Christy Clark’s MLA office in West Kelowna on Friday, outraged over her recent comments on the fighting in Gaza. Many of the protesters were part of the Kelowna Peace Group, who took issue with Clark’s support of...

Martin Mars won't go quietly

Jul 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Neither the iconic Martin Mars water bomber, nor those who support her, are prepared to fade quietly into the sunset. Chris Alemany drove from Port Alberni to Premier Christy Clark's constituency office in West Kelowna Thursday to hand over a petition with more than 18,000 signatures. He...

Ennis withdraws parole request

Jul 24, 2014 / 3:54 pm

Mass murderer David Ennis (formerly Shearing), behind bars for the brutal murders of six members of the Johnson and Bentley families, has withdrawn his request for a day parole hearing. Tammy Arishenkoff, an advocate for the families, announced the news on a Facebook page dedicated to...

Shannon Lake Park re-opens

Jul 24, 2014 / 1:16 pm

Shannon Lake Regional Park in West Kelowna is back open following the Smith Creek fire. Weather conditions have greatly assisted the ongoing firefighting effort which now has the fire 100 per cent contained, and will see all evacuees return home tonight. As a result, the park just off...

Smith Creek: fully contained

Jul 24, 2014 / 11:07 am

A post-wildfire assessment of the Smith Creek Fire area by the BC Forest Service and the Emergency Operations Centre has concluded there is a low risk of erosion or debris flows. Both can occur when wildfire activity is followed by periods of heavy rain, and emergency personnel will continue to...

Final evacuees going home

Jul 23, 2014 / 12:05 pm

The Evacuation Order for one property on Dixie Road will be rescinded as of 1:00 p.m. today (Wednesday) and an Evacuation Alert will be put into place instead for this property. Dixie Road will also remain closed to all but local traffic. The Evacuation Order for seven other uninhabited...

Girl bitten by bull dog

Jul 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

Four-year-old Summer Schneider gives her little dog Keko a big hug on the front steps of her West Kelowna home. The young girl is full of life, despite being bitten on the back of the head by a Bull Dog and having to undergo plastic surgery. The incident happened Monday afternoon; Summer had...
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Smith Creek fire

Jul 22, 2014 / 5:00 pm

UPDATE: 5 P.M. The Smith Creek Forest Fire, which began Thursday, July 17, is currently 60% contained. BC Forest Service crews are working to achieve 100% containment and West Kelowna Fire Rescue will continue to patrol interface areas to ensure the fire does not spread to residential...

No change to evac. orders

Jul 21, 2014 / 3:24 pm

3:25 p.m. update: An Evacuation Order for the Smith Creek Fire remains in effect for eight privately owned lots in the interface areas immediately above Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods Neighbourhoods, including all properties accessed off Dixie Road. 12 p.m. update: The...

Home robbed during evacuation

Jul 21, 2014 / 12:00 pm

As if the threat of someone’s home burning down in the Smith Creek fire wasn’t enough, now it seems at least one house was burglarized during the evacuation order. West Kelowna RCMP received a report on Sunday about a residential break and enter at a home on the 2500 block of...

Relief among returning evacuees

Jul 20, 2014 / 8:34 pm

Three days after being forced from their homes by encroaching flames, many West Kelowna residents were relieved to begin resuming a version of their normal life again. About 2,000 people were allowed to return to their homes in the Smith Creek Fire area on Sunday, while still remaining on...

Area restriction near Smith Creek

Jul 20, 2014 / 7:41 pm

An Area Restriction Order is in effect immediately for areas surrounding the Smith Creek fire in order to protect the safety of firefighting personnel and the public. This Area Restriction will remain in place until July 31, 2014 or until the Order is rescinded. A map of the affected...

More people head home

Jul 20, 2014 / 7:08 pm

7 p.m. update: The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre does not anticipate any further changes or adjustments in existing Evacuation Orders or Alerts this evening. It’s expected the next scheduled update regarding the remaining Evacuation Orders will be before 12 p.m. Monday,...

Wildfire - beating a beast

Jul 20, 2014 / 2:18 pm

Gary Harland, with the BC Forest Service said his confidence is growing every day in the fight against the Smith Creek Fire. Emergency operations announced a portion of the evacuated residents could return home today. "We're very happy about the announcement today. We will be...

The latest on Smith Creek

Jul 20, 2014 / 8:31 am

8:30 a.m. update: Unified Incident Command is currently assessing progress made in fighting the Smith Creek fire overnight and determining whether any changes should be made to the existing Evacuation Orders and Alerts, which remain in effect. Officials are working as quickly as possible to...

Little growth to Smith Creek fire

Jul 19, 2014 / 1:43 pm

About 2,500 people remain out of their homes as the Smith Creek wildfire enters its third day. While fire activity has diminished somewhat, it is still unclear when some or all of those people will be allowed back into their homes. "I know the chief and I will be looking at that,"...

Smith Creek - night video

Jul 19, 2014 / 10:00 am

This raw footage is from our livestream of the Smith Creek Fire, recorded July 18.

Smith Creek down to 250 ha.

Jul 18, 2014 / 7:35 pm

7:30 p.m. update: With improved visibly of the fire this afternoon, the Smith Creek wildfire was mapped at approximately at 250 hectares. Wildfire Management Branch conducted a full response to this wildfire following its detection early yesterday afternoon. Today 65 fire fighters, 10...

Smith Creek info tidbits

Jul 18, 2014 / 3:34 pm

As a result of the Smith Creek Fire, area evacuations and helicopter bucketing in Shannon Lake, the Regional District has now closed Glen Canyon Regional Park, Shannon Lake Regional Park and Rose Valley Regional Park. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. The Regional...

Premier visits fire zone

Jul 18, 2014 / 3:14 pm

Premier Christy Clark made the first visit to her West Kelowna riding Friday to survey damage caused by the Smith Creek wildfire. She says while the province's firefighting budget has already been spent, they will not stop spending more money to fight forest fires burning around BC and...
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