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C.B. Hume Department Store at the corner of Mackenzie Avenue and First Street, 1904. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 1102)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for August 18

Local history as recorded by the newspaper of the day

The heat warning set for the Central and South Okanagan on Tuesday has been extended to the North, including Vernon and Enderby (Shutterstock)

Heat warning extended to North Okanagan

The warning was put in place for the Central (Kelowna) and South (Penticton) Okanagan on Tuesday

Apex Fire Brigade worked alongside BC Wildfire Services and many other B.C. fire departments to protect the evacuated properties at Apex Mountain Resort from the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. Apex residents expressed their gratitude to all the firefighters who kept their homes intact. (Apex Fire Brigade)

No more properties are on evacuation order for Keremeos Creek wildfire

Evacuation orders for properties along Green Mountain and Sheep Creek Road rescinded, alerts lifted

This picture of Apex Mountain Village was taken Aug. 8 where fire services worked tirelessly protecting and fire smarting evacuated properties in preparation should the Keremeos Creek Fire turn in their direction. On Aug. 16, residents of Apex were allowed back home. (Apex Fire Brigade)

Evacuated Apex Mountain Village residents get to go back home

Residents can go home at noon Aug. 16 as Keremeos Creek fire stabilizes

This picture of Apex Mountain Village was taken Aug. 8 where fire services worked tirelessly protecting and fire smarting evacuated properties in preparation should the Keremeos Creek Fire turn in their direction. On Aug. 16, residents of Apex were allowed back home. (Apex Fire Brigade)
Apex Fire Brigade showed this picture of all the protection equipment up at the mountain to explain why there is still an evacuation order. (Apex Fire Brigade)

Evacuation orders remain for Apex village due to the Keremeos Creek fire

Apex Mountain Resort residents have been out of their homes since Aug. 1

Apex Fire Brigade showed this picture of all the protection equipment up at the mountain to explain why there is still an evacuation order. (Apex Fire Brigade)
Airtankers send fire retardant on the Richter Mountain fire near Osoyoos. (BC Wildfire)

Richter Mountain wildfire, near Osoyoos being held

A vehicle fire sparked the blaze on Highway 3 on Aug. 4

Airtankers send fire retardant on the Richter Mountain fire near Osoyoos. (BC Wildfire)
Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie spoke to a large crowd of Penticton Rotarians about the path forward in truth and reconciliation and what he’d like to see to strengthen First Nation communities. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Louie speaks to Penticton Rotarians on Truth and Reconciliation

Clarence Louie spoke about injustices and the path forward to building their communities

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie spoke to a large crowd of Penticton Rotarians about the path forward in truth and reconciliation and what he’d like to see to strengthen First Nation communities. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Lightning strikes in Kelowna on Aug. 11. (Landon Hemmes- Instagram)
Lightning strikes in Kelowna on Aug. 11. (Landon Hemmes- Instagram)
View from the reconnaissance flight. BC Wildfire Service

Mt. Evans fire near Kimberley being monitored by helicopters and air tankers

Terrain is not safe for ground crews says BC Wildfire Service

View from the reconnaissance flight. BC Wildfire Service
BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)

Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuation orders rescinded for Olalla

Village of Apex and portion of Green Mountain Road remain on evacuation

BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)
Thunderstorms could hit the Okanagan. (Pixabay)

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the Okanagan, Shuswap

Potential storm is capable of producing strong wind gusts and rain

Thunderstorms could hit the Okanagan. (Pixabay)
The wildfire south of Rosswood as it looked from the air earlier. Skimmer aircraft were deployed today. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Rosswood fire has moved away from structures

Skimmer aircraft used today to establish perimeter

The wildfire south of Rosswood as it looked from the air earlier. Skimmer aircraft were deployed today. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Joy Lang holds a sign in 2017 to highlight what she and a number of others at the Penticton courthouse believe is insufficient punishment for prolific offenders. (Western News File)

‘The level of crime in Penticton is unacceptable,’ says Mayor

The city has been at the top of province’s worst crime cities for multiple years

Joy Lang holds a sign in 2017 to highlight what she and a number of others at the Penticton courthouse believe is insufficient punishment for prolific offenders. (Western News File)
This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)

Some Keremeos Creek fire evacuation orders and alerts rescinded

Evacuations lifted for over 40 properties along Hwy 3A corridor

This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)
Okanagan Indian Band LPN Chelan McKenzie (left) collects new child seats for band residents from Kristi Rintoul of United Way B.C.,part of the organization’s annual child safety initiative Monday, Aug. 8 in Vernon. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

United Way, partners buckle Okanagan kids into safety

Organization purchases $70,000 worth of new safety and booster seats for Okanagan children

Okanagan Indian Band LPN Chelan McKenzie (left) collects new child seats for band residents from Kristi Rintoul of United Way B.C.,part of the organization’s annual child safety initiative Monday, Aug. 8 in Vernon. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
(BC Wildfire Service)

Concern over incoming weather as Keremeos Creek wildfire grows past 6,800 ha

Potential lightning, thunderstorms and erratic winds are being monitored into tomorrow

(BC Wildfire Service)
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)
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)