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Glenrosa fire in mop up

Aug 1, 2015 / 9:07 am

UPDATE: 9 a.m. Crews fighting the wildfire above Glenrosa are in mop-up mode today. B.C. Wildfire Service fire information officer Melissa Klassen says a unit crew of 20 firefighters worked late into the night Friday establishing a guard around the perimeter of the 1.3-hectare...

Smoke visible all summer

Aug 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

You can expect to see some smoke emanating from inside the Shelter Cove fire all summer long. That's according to Noelle Kekula with the Wildfire Management Branch. A controlled, proactive burn within the perimeter of the fire over the last few days produced some large plumes of smoke and...

Crash shears light pole

Jul 31, 2015 / 3:39 pm

One man was taken to hospital as a result of a single-vehicle crash on Old Okanagan Highway Friday afternoon. The crash occurred sometime before 2 p.m. The dark-coloured Ford SUV was heading northbound on Old Okanagan Highway when it left the road on the right and took out a light...

Opry in the park

Jul 31, 2015 / 12:14 pm

The Westbank Opry will take over Music in the Park in West Kelowna tonight. The popular West Kelowna group will perform their unique brand of country music during a two-hour performance beginning at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park. The Westbank Opry will be preceded by talented kids the Hannigan...

'Bomb' has healing powers

Jul 30, 2015 / 1:35 pm

UPDATE 1:30 P.M. What started out as bomb scare turned out to be nothing more than a pipe with "healing powers." An employee at Kelowna Pick-N-Pull on Stevens Road in West Kelowna found what he believed could be a pipe bomb in a vehicle he was dismantling. RCMP and the West...

Playground a safety risk

Jul 30, 2015 / 1:15 pm

The City of West Kelowna is dismantling the playground at Horizon Drive Park. City officials said the playground is seldom used and poses safety concerns. Parking is difficult, and the playground is hard to find. Safety inspectors have determined the play equipment also doesn't meet...

Bloomin' beautiful

Jul 29, 2015 / 8:00 pm

The City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation have a lot of curb appeal, thanks to the hard work of home owners and businesses in the two communities. Awards and appreciation gifts were presented to 2015 Partners in Bloom "Most Beautiful" contest winners and nominees during a...
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Vehicle rolls near winery

Jul 29, 2015 / 5:59 pm

UPDATE: 6:25 P.M. A witness at the scene said one occupant was sitting near the road and looked fine, and the other occupant was being treated in the ambulance. ORIGINAL: 5:59 P.M. A single vehicle rolled over on Mission Hill Drive Wednesday afternoon, near Mission Hill Winery. The...

More flame than smoke

Jul 29, 2015 / 3:41 pm

Residents living around the area of the Shelter Cove fire are being told not to worry after some reported seeing open flames, Wednesday. The Wildfire Management Branch is conducting proactive burning operations within the fire zone in an effort to burn off unburned fuels. Fire information...

Increased smoke anticipated

Jul 29, 2015 / 9:51 am

If you notice increased smoke around Shelter Cove today, emergency officials say there is no need to worry. People living in Shelter Cove and surrounding areas may notice some increased smoke starting today as a result of proactive burning operations. “These burning operations will take...

Toaster smokes out residents

Jul 29, 2015 / 9:30 am

Residents of a multi-unit retirement living building on Brown Road were evacuated from their homes after fire alarms starting ringing at 5 a.m. Fire crews responded and discovered a unit filled with smoke, that had been coming from a toaster. Jason Brolund, fire chief for West Kelowna, says...

Skatepark rolling into town

Jul 28, 2015 / 3:30 pm

After over a year of lobbying for a new skatepark in West Kelowna, Mason Barzilay’s goal will finally be realized. Okanagan-Coquihalla Member of Parliament, Dan Albas, and West Kelowna Mayor, Doug Findlater, announced today the beginning stages of the Memorial Park Plan, an $813,000...

Westside bloomin' lovely

Jul 27, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Judges with Communities in Bloom are visiting West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation to evaluate the communities on environmental action, urban forestry, landscape, heritage conservation and floral display. This is the 11th year of partnership between the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First...

Evacuation alert rescinded

Jul 26, 2015 / 3:26 pm

After a successful weekend of containing the Shelter Cove fire, the evacuation alert for 70 properties has now been rescinded. This includes all properties along Westside Road from Denison Road, north to La Casa. BC Wildfire Service firefighters will continue to monitor and work on the fire....

Shelter Cove 75% contained

Jul 26, 2015 / 10:31 am

Favourable weather conditions have continued to help firefighters on the ground as the 560-hectare Shelter Cove fire is now 75 per cent contained. Yesterday crews were optimistic weather conditions and boots on the ground would increase their containment numbers and they were right. The fire...

Lights back on at La Casa

Jul 25, 2015 / 4:31 pm

UPDATED: 4:32 P.M. The power has finally been restored at La Casa Resort, but it took far too long according to residents. BC Hydro said yesterday the power would be restored by 1 p.m. Friday, but it ended up taking until 4 p.m. Saturday. Mora Scott, spokesperson for BC Hydro said they tried...

Rain helps fire efforts

Jul 25, 2015 / 3:27 pm

Rain fell over night in the Okanagan providing some much needed relief for fire crews fighting the Shelter Cove wildfire along Westside Road. Approximately 5 – 8 mm of rain fell over the fire last night and there is more forecasted for tonight. “That was really good, that kept...

Westside Road reopens

Jul 24, 2015 / 6:08 pm

Westside road will be completely open to traffic in both directions, as of 7 p.m. tonight (Friday). The closures at La Casa and Cinnabar Creek will be removed and motorists will be able to travel north and south, according to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations. The road was closed since...

Residents heading home

Jul 24, 2015 / 5:04 pm

UPDATE 5 p.m. Winds have shifted in the Central Okanagan causing increased smoke from the Shelter Cove wildfire. Information officer Kelsey Winter says crews saw very little fire activity today with this blaze, and there is no cause for concern. The fire remains 25 per cent contained, and...

Going home - a checklist

Jul 24, 2015 / 4:03 pm

Residents returning home after days of being under an evacuation order due to the Shelter Cove fire are reminded they must be prepared to leave again on short notice if conditions change. Central Okanagan Emergency Operations advises residents the wildfire is still active and an evacuation...
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