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Skies are smoky in the Okanagan as wildfires burn. Pictured is one of the fires burning north of Big White, as seen from Dilworth Mountain on July 1. (Dale Mckee/Facebook)

Expect smoky skies and high heat in Okanagan-Shuswap

Environment Canada said the mid- to high-30s won’t last past Wednesday

Skies are smoky in the Okanagan as wildfires burn. Pictured is one of the fires burning north of Big White, as seen from Dilworth Mountain on July 1. (Dale Mckee/Facebook)
Some fish, reptile, and amphibian species eat their own young to protect the rest from overcrowding. (Pixabay)

Morning Start: Eating your offspring is good parenting in some species

Start your morning off with a zany fact

Some fish, reptile, and amphibian species eat their own young to protect the rest from overcrowding. (Pixabay)
The Kamloops Fire Centre, which oversees the Okanagan-Shuswap, is showing elevated levels of fire fuel buildup. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

‘High hazard’: Dry conditions, lack of rain spikes Okanagan-Shuswap wildfire risk

Conditions in the region are volatile and much-needed rain is not present in the weather forecast

The Kamloops Fire Centre, which oversees the Okanagan-Shuswap, is showing elevated levels of fire fuel buildup. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
A family checks out the activities on the Bernard Avenue closure on Wednesday, July 7. (Isabella Harmel/Capital News)

VIDEO: Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue comes alive this summer

Meet me on Bernard will be open until Sept. 7

A family checks out the activities on the Bernard Avenue closure on Wednesday, July 7. (Isabella Harmel/Capital News)
A family enjoys their ice cream in the heat in downtown Kelowna on Monday, July 27. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News)

Weather alert lifted, but heat still on for Okanagan-Shuswap: Environment Canada

Environment Canada meteorologist says we’re not quite out of the woods yet

A family enjoys their ice cream in the heat in downtown Kelowna on Monday, July 27. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News)
Pictured is an example of equipment the SKE PAC would like to install in the new playground at South Kelowna Elementary. (South Kelowna Elementary/GoFundMe)

Help a Kelowna elementary school get a new playground

The school is raising $50,000 for new equipment

Pictured is an example of equipment the SKE PAC would like to install in the new playground at South Kelowna Elementary. (South Kelowna Elementary/GoFundMe)
This Mediterranean-style luxury home in Kelowna is valued at $6.5 million. (Avanti on Hobson)

$6.5 million Kelowna home goes live on auction block

The 10,000 square feet home was built in 2010 on Hobson Road

This Mediterranean-style luxury home in Kelowna is valued at $6.5 million. (Avanti on Hobson)
Okanagan Forest Task Force founder Kane Blake said it’s frustrating to still find abandoned campfires despite the province-wide ban on them. (Kane Blake/Okanagan Forest Task Force)

‘Just ignorant’: Campfires aplenty in Okanagan backcountry despite ban, wildfire risk

Kane Blake found abandoned campfires on forest service roads near Kelowna last weekend

Okanagan Forest Task Force founder Kane Blake said it’s frustrating to still find abandoned campfires despite the province-wide ban on them. (Kane Blake/Okanagan Forest Task Force)
A pen. (Juraj Varga/Pixabay

Morning Start: The hole on your pen cap prevents choking hazard

Here’s your morning start for July 6, 2021

A pen. (Juraj Varga/Pixabay
The aircraft that will service the Kelowna to Montreal flight is painted to look like planes did when Air Canada was called Trans-Canada Air Lines. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Direct Kelowna to Montreal flights start this month

Kelowna International Airport is expanding its roster of flights despite the pandemic’s negative effects

The aircraft that will service the Kelowna to Montreal flight is painted to look like planes did when Air Canada was called Trans-Canada Air Lines. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Pictured, from left to right, is Brenda Thomson, Steve Thomson Lenetta Parry and Gregory Parry. (Rotary Club of Kelowna/Contributed)

Former MLA helms Kelowna Rotary Club

The club’s new president, Steve Thomson, previously served as the Kelowna-Mission MLA

Pictured, from left to right, is Brenda Thomson, Steve Thomson Lenetta Parry and Gregory Parry. (Rotary Club of Kelowna/Contributed)
A wood frog spotted in Wolf Creek in Whitehorse on June 20, 2015. This special species of frog has the ability to freeze months at a time without dying. (Heidi Miller/Black Press Media)

Morning Start: The wood frog can hold its pee for eight months

Here’s the start to your morning and your week

A wood frog spotted in Wolf Creek in Whitehorse on June 20, 2015. This special species of frog has the ability to freeze months at a time without dying. (Heidi Miller/Black Press Media)
Merritt’s emergency operations centre is at 1950 Mammette Avenue. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

‘We’re fortunate we can help’: Merritt’s open doors welcome wildfire evacuees

Merritt offers space for wildfire victims, their cattle and livestock

Merritt’s emergency operations centre is at 1950 Mammette Avenue. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Skies are smoky in the Okanagan as wildfires burn. Pictured is one of the fires burning north of Big White, as seen from Dilworth Mountain on July 1. (Dale Mckee/Facebook)

Smoky skies ahead for Okanagan Valley, Shuswap

The province issued the bulletin as air quality degrades due to wildfire activity

Skies are smoky in the Okanagan as wildfires burn. Pictured is one of the fires burning north of Big White, as seen from Dilworth Mountain on July 1. (Dale Mckee/Facebook)
Lytton Hospital amid a fast-moving wildfire that sparked June 30, 2021. (Ken White/Facebook)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

This week was full of stories, but here’s a short summary in case you missed some

Lytton Hospital amid a fast-moving wildfire that sparked June 30, 2021. (Ken White/Facebook)
Temperatures in Victoria reached 40 degrees on Monday, with records broken all across the province this week. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Safety, comfort in long-term care homes top priority during heat wave: Interior Health

Some care facilities don’t have air conditioners in individual rooms, only in common areas

Temperatures in Victoria reached 40 degrees on Monday, with records broken all across the province this week. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file)

No heat-related deaths in the city: Kelowna RCMP

The detachment said it received 13 heat-related calls but fortunately have not seen sudden deaths

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file)
A fire has sparked near Trepanier Road along Highway 97C. (Nikki Hayden/Facebook)

Wildfire near Peachland on Hwy 97C closes eastbound lane

This is the fourth fire to spark near the district

A fire has sparked near Trepanier Road along Highway 97C. (Nikki Hayden/Facebook)
Concrete sidewalks and traffic islands expand and sometimes heave up because of the heat. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Kelowna sidewalks buckle due to extreme heat

City staff said they normally see two or three buckled sidewalks but have seen more this year

Concrete sidewalks and traffic islands expand and sometimes heave up because of the heat. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Interior Health ready to administer COVID-19 second doses at record pace

Interior Health said over 785,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck