Okanagan

A photo of a drug lab found in a home ordered evacuated due to the Mount Law wildfire. (Contributed/West Kelowna RCMP)

Police uncover drug lab in West Kelowna home under evacuation order due to Mount Law wildfire

Mounties found a drug lab while helping evacuate homes near the Mount Law wildfire on Aug. 21

A photo of a drug lab found in a home ordered evacuated due to the Mount Law wildfire. (Contributed/West Kelowna RCMP)
A soccer ball sits on a grassy field. (Pixabay photo)

Interior Health reverses team sports restriction

Health authority sent an email to Kamloops city council saying sports will be permitted

  • Aug 26, 2021
A soccer ball sits on a grassy field. (Pixabay photo)
The Okanagan Mountain Park fire of 2003. (Capital News file)

Lessons learned from Kelowna’s infamous 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire

Evacuees, officials of 2003 blaze lay out what lies ahead for those who lost their homes this year

The Okanagan Mountain Park fire of 2003. (Capital News file)
Mount Law wildfire on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

3 West Kelowna seniors’ homes proactively evacuated due to Mount Law wildfire

Brookhaven Care Centre, where there’s an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, evacuated to Lower Mainland

Mount Law wildfire on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The White Rock Lake wildfire has come down to Westside Road near Vernon, as pictured Monday, Aug. 16. (Contributed)

Some Interior Health long-term care homes proactively relocated due to wildfires

Families are being contacted directly and provided details of their loved one’s temporary location

The White Rock Lake wildfire has come down to Westside Road near Vernon, as pictured Monday, Aug. 16. (Contributed)
A man looks towards the White Rock Lake fire from downtown Kelowna on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Conditions at Okanagan’s Mount Law, White Rock Lake fires remain volatile

A detailed damage assessment will be done when it is safe to do so, say wildfire officials

A man looks towards the White Rock Lake fire from downtown Kelowna on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
July Mountain wildfire off Coquihalla, Sunday Aug. 15. (Contributed/Andy Levang)

Wildfires force thousands to evacuate, highways to close across B.C. Interior

Multiple highways are closed and several communities are evacuating due to fires

July Mountain wildfire off Coquihalla, Sunday Aug. 15. (Contributed/Andy Levang)
Georgia Mates, prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ahead of a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Ottawa is requiring that federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Interior Health records 376 new cases of COVID-19

There are now 2,446 active cases in the region overall

Georgia Mates, prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ahead of a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Ottawa is requiring that federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Kyle Gianis. (Kyle Gianis/Instagram)

RCMP cleared in Okanagan campground death of B.C. man with gang ties

Kyle Gianis died of self-inflicted wounds at a campground near Enderby days after surviving a shooting in Kelowna

Kyle Gianis. (Kyle Gianis/Instagram)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is joined by Minister of Health Adrian Dix at the Victoria Conference Centre on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Conspiracy theorists take over Interior Health COVID-19 town hall

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix fielded several questions about debunked vaccine conspiracies

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is joined by Minister of Health Adrian Dix at the Victoria Conference Centre on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

‘At this point, we don’t have a choice’: Kelowna restaurants, pubs react to latest health measures

For some owners, the announcement of the recent health measures came as no surprise

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Kelowna General Hospital. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

Surgeries bumped in Kelowna due to spike in COVID patients amid outbreak

‘Our hospital is swamped with COVID patients, almost entirely unvaccinated’

Kelowna General Hospital. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue members with Smokey the dog on Aug. 6. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)

Dog thrown from car during wildfire evacuation, adopted by Central Okanagan Search and Rescue

Smokey the dog will been handed over to Dr. Moshe Oz at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue members with Smokey the dog on Aug. 6. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)
(Regional District of Central Okanagan)

Nearly 1,000 Okanagan properties under evacuation as White Rock Lake wildfire rages

The affected area runs south from Ewings Landing to the south end of La Casa Lakeside Resort

(Regional District of Central Okanagan)
As of Thursday, Aug. 5, the White Rock Lake wildfire was estimated to be 32,500 hectares in size. On Aug. 4, in response to the fire, an evacuation order was issued for Falkland in Electoral Area D of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Hundreds in Vernon on evacuation alert due to White Rock Lake wildfire

City of Vernon issues alert for residences northeast of Okanagan Lake

As of Thursday, Aug. 5, the White Rock Lake wildfire was estimated to be 32,500 hectares in size. On Aug. 4, in response to the fire, an evacuation order was issued for Falkland in Electoral Area D of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Man brought to shore in Summerland by private boat on Okanagan Lake. (John Arendt/ Summerland Review)
Man brought to shore in Summerland by private boat on Okanagan Lake. (John Arendt/ Summerland Review)
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

BREAKING: Mask mandate returns to Central Okanagan, COVID-19 outbreak declared

The Interior Health region leads recent provincial COVID-19 case counts

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
An aerial photo from the White Rock Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

BC Wildfire: ‘Wind is our greatest enemy’ for Okanagan blazes

High temperatures but lack of wind seen as favourable to progress on wildfires

An aerial photo from the White Rock Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
(File photo)

Kelowna cop who sexually harassed women involved in his cases avoids jail time

Brian Burkett pleaded guilty to one count of breach of trust for sexually harassing seven women

(File photo)
Okanagan Corrections Centre. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Some inmates evacuated from Okanagan Correctional Centre due to Nk’Mip wildfire

The individuals were evacuated as a precautionary measure

Okanagan Corrections Centre. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)