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A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A list of capital requests from Interior Health was approved by the Cariboo Chilcotin Hospital Regional District board, including a shower room upgrade and condensing unit at the 100 Mile Hospital. (File photo)

Another 45 care home residents ‘proactively evacuated’ in 100 Mile

100 Mile District General Hospital remains open at this time

Ulkatcho First Nation evacuated members Roland, Diane and Kayden Paul get ready to board a bus to Prince George Wednesday evening. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Evacuees from 100 Mile area, Ulkatcho First Nation seek shelter, services in Williams Lake

The ESS Centre is located at Lake City Secondary School Williams Lake Campus on Carson Drive

Ulkatcho First Nation evacuated members Roland, Diane and Kayden Paul get ready to board a bus to Prince George Wednesday evening. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Mike Wiegele died July 15, 2021, at age 82. (Mike Wiegele's Helicopter Skiing / Facebook)

Mike Wiegele, Blue River heli-skiing industry legend, dies at age 82

“He had an unparalleled passion for skiing (and) was a fearless entrepreneur.”

Mike Wiegele died July 15, 2021, at age 82. (Mike Wiegele's Helicopter Skiing / Facebook)
A helicopter was seen flying over the Clearwater River with a bucket July 14, the skies very smoky. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)

Call a state of emergency over wildfires, Clearwater officials urge B.C. government

Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell is calling on the B.C. government to declare…

A helicopter was seen flying over the Clearwater River with a bucket July 14, the skies very smoky. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)
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Clearwater RCMP attend to multi-vehicle collision on Hwy 5

Clearwater RCMP responded to 55 calls for service this past week.

  • Jul 15, 2021
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Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Interior Health COVID-19 case count highest in B.C.

Wednesday marked fourth straight day that the region’s numbers were the highest

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A fire next to the CN tracks in Vinsulla was quickly gotten under control the afternoon of Wednesday, July 14. (Facebook photo -Kelsey Kashluba)

Bird starts fire in Vinsulla hayfield next to CN tracks

When a fire started in a hay field next to the CN…

A fire next to the CN tracks in Vinsulla was quickly gotten under control the afternoon of Wednesday, July 14. (Facebook photo -Kelsey Kashluba)
District of Clearwater meetings are open to the public. The meeting agendas and past meetings minutes can be viewed on the DOC's website. Every meeting has time allocated at the end for comments from the public.

DOC releases fire update for municipality

British Columbia’s wildfire season is well under way as almost 1,000 fires…

District of Clearwater meetings are open to the public. The meeting agendas and past meetings minutes can be viewed on the DOC's website. Every meeting has time allocated at the end for comments from the public.
Highway 97 at 83 Mile has been closed Wednesday, July 14 due to a forest fire. (DriveBC map)
Highway 97 at 83 Mile has been closed Wednesday, July 14 due to a forest fire. (DriveBC map)
Larry Walker Jr., a former Colorado Rockies player, will not attend all-star events in Denver this week after being “bit” by COVID-19. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)

COVID-19 keeps Larry Walker out of all-star festivities

B.C. baseball great will be inducted into Hall of Fame in September

Larry Walker Jr., a former Colorado Rockies player, will not attend all-star events in Denver this week after being “bit” by COVID-19. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)

2 Interior Health employees withdraw from Aboriginal health positions over criticism

The employees were not Indigenous, and the positions weren’t made publicly available

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)
Thunderstorms are a possibility for parts of the Cariboo and North Thompson. (File Photo)
Thunderstorms are a possibility for parts of the Cariboo and North Thompson. (File Photo)
Ranchers with a Premises ID number can be given direct notice of approaching extreme weather events that could threaten their animals and land.  The Premises ID can also make it easier to arrange for access to check on their animals in areas under an evacuation order. (Jill Hayward photo)

Premises ID can help livestock owners during wildfire season

As B.C. faces the risk of an extreme wildfire season in 2021,…

  • Jul 8, 2021
Ranchers with a Premises ID number can be given direct notice of approaching extreme weather events that could threaten their animals and land.  The Premises ID can also make it easier to arrange for access to check on their animals in areas under an evacuation order. (Jill Hayward photo)
A semi-trailer has gone off the road and is facing traffic on Highway 5 south of Louis Creek (Submitted photo)

Semi-trailer partially blocking traffic on Highway 5

The incident is on the south side of the Louis Creek industrial park

A semi-trailer has gone off the road and is facing traffic on Highway 5 south of Louis Creek (Submitted photo)
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Clearwater RCMP remind residents about campfire safety

There is currently a provincial-wide ban on open fires and campfires.

  • Jul 7, 2021
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A photo taken July 2 shows one of the trails in North Thompson Provincial Park was closed to public. The park and a few trails were closed for a couple of weeks by BC Parks due to a “specific concern.” The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change said the park is now open to public. (Photo taken by Keith McNeill)

Trails in North Thompson Provincial Park are open once again

A few trailheads were closed and the access to the park restricted due to a “specific concern.”

A photo taken July 2 shows one of the trails in North Thompson Provincial Park was closed to public. The park and a few trails were closed for a couple of weeks by BC Parks due to a “specific concern.” The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change said the park is now open to public. (Photo taken by Keith McNeill)
Heath Coleman, 48, died in a helicopter crash last week while fighting wildfires in Alberta. (Mike Weigele Helicopter Skiing / Facebook)

Experienced pilot dies in helicopter crash in Alberta

Heath Coleman was battling wildfires when the crash occurred

Heath Coleman, 48, died in a helicopter crash last week while fighting wildfires in Alberta. (Mike Weigele Helicopter Skiing / Facebook)
The Devick Ranch family, along with their friends and neighbours quickly knocked down the beginnings of a wildfire in the Orchard Lake area of Sullivan Valley and Heffley Creek on Friday, July 2, 2021. (Facebook photo - Robert Mulligan photo)

NT Valley ranchers knock down birth of wildfire

A lightening strike in the Orchard Lake area of Heffley Creek in…

The Devick Ranch family, along with their friends and neighbours quickly knocked down the beginnings of a wildfire in the Orchard Lake area of Sullivan Valley and Heffley Creek on Friday, July 2, 2021. (Facebook photo - Robert Mulligan photo)