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A plume of smoke above Westside Road can be seen from across Okanagan Lake. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Fire near Kelowna believed to be human caused

Firefighters, BC Wildfire Service responding

A plume of smoke above Westside Road can be seen from across Okanagan Lake. (Contributed)
Wildfire conditions at Hunakwa Lake have prompted an evacuation alert for Seymour Arm. (CSRD image)

Wildfire doubles in size near Shuswap community

Hunakwa Lake fire near Seymour Arm now more than 1,200 hectares

Wildfire conditions at Hunakwa Lake have prompted an evacuation alert for Seymour Arm. (CSRD image)
Wildfire conditions at Hunakwa Lake have prompted an evacuation alert for Seymour Arm. (CSRD image)

Evacuation alert for Seymour Arm still in place as wildfire nearly triples in size

Regional district firefighting crews deployed to North Shuswap community

Wildfire conditions at Hunakwa Lake have prompted an evacuation alert for Seymour Arm. (CSRD image)
Graham McDougall shared this photo of the fire in Anstey Hunakwa Provincial Park on July 12 on social media. (Graham McDougall/Facebook photo)

“It exploded last night”: Seymour Arm resident on wildfire

First responder looking forward to sound of BC Wildfire Service helicopters

Graham McDougall shared this photo of the fire in Anstey Hunakwa Provincial Park on July 12 on social media. (Graham McDougall/Facebook photo)
Wildfire conditions at Hunakwa Lake have prompted an evacuation alert for Seymour Arm. (CSRD image)

Wildfire prompts evacuation alert for Seymour Arm

Hunakwa Lake fire growing and may pose a danger to residents

Wildfire conditions at Hunakwa Lake have prompted an evacuation alert for Seymour Arm. (CSRD image)
On Tuesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to a brush fire at a property along Yankee Flats Road in the Spa Hills area. (Silver Creek Fire Department photo)
On Tuesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to a brush fire at a property along Yankee Flats Road in the Spa Hills area. (Silver Creek Fire Department photo)

Shuswap firefighters quick to contain fire in Spa Hills

Firefighters arrived on scene to find slash pile had rekindled

On Tuesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to a brush fire at a property along Yankee Flats Road in the Spa Hills area. (Silver Creek Fire Department photo)
On Tuesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to a brush fire at a property along Yankee Flats Road in the Spa Hills area. (Silver Creek Fire Department photo)
Morgan Labrecque flips through some of the records available at her new Salmon Arm record shop, The Vinyl Vault. (Lachlan Labere photo )

Vinyl back in rotation with opening of new Salmon Arm record shop

Music enthusiast Morgan Labrecque unlocks The Vinyl Vault at Westgate Public Market

Morgan Labrecque flips through some of the records available at her new Salmon Arm record shop, The Vinyl Vault. (Lachlan Labere photo )
Shuswap Theatre is bringing back its popular Theatre on the Edge festival. This year’s event will be held online on July 16 to 18, with performances followed by artist chats and interviews. (Contributed)

Technology dissolves boundaries for return of Shuswap Theatre’s TOTE fest

Three-day online event will include performances from as far as Scranton, Pennsylvania

Shuswap Theatre is bringing back its popular Theatre on the Edge festival. This year’s event will be held online on July 16 to 18, with performances followed by artist chats and interviews. (Contributed)
The recent rising water in the Adams River, pictured two kilometres north of Adams Lake, is being attributed to glacier melt. (Lorn McCausland photo)

Rising rivers in the Shuswap raise alarm about accelerated glacier melt

Thompson Rivers University professor says current melting scenario linked to climate change

The recent rising water in the Adams River, pictured two kilometres north of Adams Lake, is being attributed to glacier melt. (Lorn McCausland photo)
Sicamous RCMP and the BC SPCA are investigating a case of animal cruelty involving a July 1 report of a dog found dead in Shuswap Lake, west of the Bruhn Bridge. (File photo)

Salmon Arm woman disturbed by discovery of dead dog in Shuswap Lake

Woman was out fishing with boyfriend when they found the animal anchored in the water

Sicamous RCMP and the BC SPCA are investigating a case of animal cruelty involving a July 1 report of a dog found dead in Shuswap Lake, west of the Bruhn Bridge. (File photo)
Sicamous RCMP and the BC SPCA are investigating a case of animal cruelty involving a July 1 report of a dog found dead in Shuswap Lake, west of the Bruhn Bridge. (File photo)

RCMP, SPCA investigate after dog found dead, tied to anchor in Shuswap Lake

Police say it appears animal was intentionally made to suffer

Sicamous RCMP and the BC SPCA are investigating a case of animal cruelty involving a July 1 report of a dog found dead in Shuswap Lake, west of the Bruhn Bridge. (File photo)
Lightning is responsible for a fire burning near Nevertouch Lake, northeast of Big White. (BC Wildfire Service image)

Lightning causes new wildfire northeast of Big White

Blaze discovered on Monday, July 5

Lightning is responsible for a fire burning near Nevertouch Lake, northeast of Big White. (BC Wildfire Service image)
A fire near Oyama Lake was reported to the BC Wildfire Service on Monday, July 5. (BC Wildfire Service image)

UPDATE: Oyama Lake fire hasn’t grown, lodge staff say no more visible flames

The blaze is measured at less than a hectare

A fire near Oyama Lake was reported to the BC Wildfire Service on Monday, July 5. (BC Wildfire Service image)
Two fines were issued Friday night, July 2/3, to individuals caught violating a campfire ban that is in effect throughout the province. (BC Conservation Officer Service image)

Two $1,150 fines issued for campfires in North Okanagan

BC Conservation Officer Service personnel enforcing campfire ban

Two fines were issued Friday night, July 2/3, to individuals caught violating a campfire ban that is in effect throughout the province. (BC Conservation Officer Service image)
Two fines were issued Friday night, July 2/3, to individuals caught violating a campfire ban that is in effect throughout the province. (BC Conservation Officer Service image)

Two $1,150 fines issued for campfires in North Okanagan

BC Conservation Officer Service personnel enforcing campfire ban

Two fines were issued Friday night, July 2/3, to individuals caught violating a campfire ban that is in effect throughout the province. (BC Conservation Officer Service image)
Hanoi 36 chef and owner Michael Vu was kept on his toes during the recent heat wave as people chose to dine out. (File photo)

No apologies: Salmon Arm restaurateur defends staff after negative criticism shared online

Scorching temperatures resulted in unusually busy dinner rush at Hanoi 36

Hanoi 36 chef and owner Michael Vu was kept on his toes during the recent heat wave as people chose to dine out. (File photo)
Sixteen BC Wildfire Service personnel were attacking a one-hectare fire west of Chase as of noon on Friday, July 2, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Firefighting efforts pick up on blaze near Chase

Fire estimated at one hectare

Sixteen BC Wildfire Service personnel were attacking a one-hectare fire west of Chase as of noon on Friday, July 2, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Two new fires were burning in the Shuswap on July 2, one at Celista Mountain and the other southeast of Carlin. (BC Wildfire Service map)

2 new wildfires ignited in the Shuswap, 1 under control

Celista Fire Department reports lightning-caused fire now in mop up

Two new fires were burning in the Shuswap on July 2, one at Celista Mountain and the other southeast of Carlin. (BC Wildfire Service map)
More than 100 people lined both sides of the Trans-Canada Highway between Alexander and Ross Street on July 1 to show support for a rolling blockade travelling from the Splatsin Community Centre to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in support of those who survived the institution. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Caravan bound for former residential school finds show of support in Salmon Arm

Rolling blockade bound for Kamloops to raise awareness, call for justice

More than 100 people lined both sides of the Trans-Canada Highway between Alexander and Ross Street on July 1 to show support for a rolling blockade travelling from the Splatsin Community Centre to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in support of those who survived the institution. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Several emergency vehicles including fire trucks, police, an ambulance and a BC Wildfire crew responded to a barn fire, in this photo on the right hand side of 40th Street NE, in Salmon Arm on Tuesday afternoon, June 29. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Workshops, collector automobiles destroyed in fire at Salmon Arm property

Four firefighters showing signs of heat exhaustion sent to hospital as a precaution

Several emergency vehicles including fire trucks, police, an ambulance and a BC Wildfire crew responded to a barn fire, in this photo on the right hand side of 40th Street NE, in Salmon Arm on Tuesday afternoon, June 29. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)