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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The Evacuation Order for one property on Dixie Road will be rescinded as of 1:00 p.m. today (Wednesday) and an Evacuation Alert will be put into place instead for this property.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...

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 This Area Restriction will remain in place until July 31, 2014 or until the Order is rescinded.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...

Dozens of pets evacuated

Jul 18, 2014 / 1:19 pm

SPCA UPDATE: Suzanne Pugh of the Kelowna BCSPCA gives an update on the evacuation of animals from the Smith Creek wildfire. As of Thursday night the Kelowna shelter was in a position to take in 31 dogs, 22 cats and assess as need be. All evacuated animals must be checked in with ESS...

Community bails out evacuees

Jul 18, 2014 / 12:40 pm

The West Kelowna community has stepped up to take in the 2,500 people evacuated due to the Smith Creek fire. Monica Giesbrecht, assistant general manager of The Heritage Retirement Centre said they have taken in about 50 people so far and still have space for more than 60 families. They are also...

West K in line for more power

Jul 18, 2014 / 11:25 am

If there is any good news to come out of the current wildfire burning in the hills above Smith Creek, it's the fact a second, redundant power source may finally be on the books. The council of the day in West Kelowna has been raising the issue of a second power supply with BC Hydro since...

Power could soon be cut

Jul 18, 2014 / 9:44 am

Residents in West Kelowna may soon be without power as a result of the Smith Creek Fire. The Regional District of the Central Okanagan is asking residents to be prepared in case power goes out as the fire is burning within 100 metres of the main feeder line that serves Peachland, Westbank, and...

Glenrosa 2009 to now

Jul 18, 2014 / 9:23 am

As firefighters work for a second day to try and get the upper hand on the 200 hectare plus Smith Creek Wildfire it's important to note Friday is the fifth anniversary of the Glenrosa Fire. That fire, on a hot summer Saturday, sprung up at about 3 p.m. It was a day our biggest concern was...

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