Zachary Roman

The Crazy Creek Gorge Wildfire was still classified as out of control and estimated to be 2,635 hectares in size as of Aug. 7. (Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook photo)

Structure protection well underway for Shuswap communities near Crazy Creek wildfire

The fire has grown by almost 200 hectares since Aug. 5

The Crazy Creek Gorge Wildfire was still classified as out of control and estimated to be 2,635 hectares in size as of Aug. 7. (Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook photo)
The White Rock Lake fire near Falkland has seen hundreds of residents evacuated. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Falkland residents given window to enter evacuation order area for essential reasons

Returning to retrieve possessions is not a good reason for temporary access and it will be denied

The White Rock Lake fire near Falkland has seen hundreds of residents evacuated. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Thomas Creek seen from West Bench on August 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

BC Wildfire planning more controlled ignitions to fight Thomas Creek Wildfire

The wildfire is burning out of control across 10,759 hectares as of Aug. 7

Thomas Creek seen from West Bench on August 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
On August 7, 2021, the general manager of Fairfield by Marriott hotel locations in Vernon and Salmon Arm asked non-essential travellers to reconsider their travel dates due to wildfires in the region. (Contributed)

North Okanagan hotel manager asks non-essential travellers to reconsider travel dates due to wildfires

Ashley Olsen wants to accommodate evacuees while honouring existing reservations

On August 7, 2021, the general manager of Fairfield by Marriott hotel locations in Vernon and Salmon Arm asked non-essential travellers to reconsider their travel dates due to wildfires in the region. (Contributed)
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District announced the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds were open for evacuees with hobby farm animals on August 7, 2021. (CSRD image)

Salmon Arm Fairgrounds open for White Rock Lake wildfire evacuees with hobby farm animals

Only owners and animals from evacuation order areas will be accepted at this time

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District announced the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds were open for evacuees with hobby farm animals on August 7, 2021. (CSRD image)
The Village of Chase issued an evacuation alert for its residents at 8:30 a.m. on August 6, 2021. (Zachary Roman/Salmon Arm Observer)

Chase mayor asks residents to be prepared, not panic, during evacuation alert

Mayor Rod Crowe said the Village of Chase’s thoughts are with the people of Monte Lake

The Village of Chase issued an evacuation alert for its residents at 8:30 a.m. on August 6, 2021. (Zachary Roman/Salmon Arm Observer)
Highway 97A reopened on Thursday, Aug. 5. (CSRD photo)

Highway 97A reopens after closure due to Two Mile wildfire

DriveBC announced the reopening around 9 a.m. on Aug. 5

Highway 97A reopened on Thursday, Aug. 5. (CSRD photo)
Chainsaw artist Mike Ormondy puts the finishing touches on his bear carving in Sicamous on Aug. 3, 2021. (Zachary Roman-Eagle Valley News)

‘I take pride in my work’: Sicamous chainsaw artist bears task of creating public art

Mike Ormondy’s inspiration for his carvings comes from wildlife

Chainsaw artist Mike Ormondy puts the finishing touches on his bear carving in Sicamous on Aug. 3, 2021. (Zachary Roman-Eagle Valley News)
The communities of Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay were placed on evacuation order on July 31, 2021. (CSRD image)
The communities of Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay were placed on evacuation order on July 31, 2021. (CSRD image)
On July 31, Sicamous fire Chief Brett Ogino reminded the public that Highway 97A is closed for their safety. (Columbia Shuswap Regional District image)

Two Mile wildfire fight going well despite tough terrain, smoke: Sicamous fire chief

Fire chief Brett Ogino reminds public Highway 97A is closed for their safety

On July 31, Sicamous fire Chief Brett Ogino reminded the public that Highway 97A is closed for their safety. (Columbia Shuswap Regional District image)
The Momich Lake wildfire is burning across an estimated 6500 hectares as of July 31, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Dashboard image)

Momich Lake wildfire in Shuswap burning across an estimated 6,500 hectares

Nearby properties remain on evacuation alert as the blaze grows

The Momich Lake wildfire is burning across an estimated 6500 hectares as of July 31, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Dashboard image)
A helicopter delivers water onto the White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold on July 24, 2021. (BC Wildfire Services)

White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold grows to 24,000 hectares

All evacuation orders and alerts issued due to the wildfire are still in effect

A helicopter delivers water onto the White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold on July 24, 2021. (BC Wildfire Services)
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District issued an evacuation alert for properties in Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay on July 30, 2021. (CSRD image)

Evacuation alert issued as Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire in Shuswap hits 1,700 hectares

Alert issued for properties in Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District issued an evacuation alert for properties in Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay on July 30, 2021. (CSRD image)
The body of a 27-year-old man was recovered from White Lake on July 29, after he went missing while swimming the day prior. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

RCMP recover body of international student who drowned in lake near Salmon Arm

Police say group attempted to rescue 27-year-old man but was unsuccessful

The body of a 27-year-old man was recovered from White Lake on July 29, after he went missing while swimming the day prior. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Seven-year-old Tonnerre is recovering from burns sustained in a South Okanagan wildfire. (BC SPCA image)

Dog survives burns from South Okanagan wildfire

Seven-year-old Tonnerre was missing for four days after getting spooked by the blaze

Seven-year-old Tonnerre is recovering from burns sustained in a South Okanagan wildfire. (BC SPCA image)
Salmon Arm RCMP confirmed a person drowned in White Lake on July 28. (Black Press file photo)

RCMP confirm drowning at White Lake north of Salmon Arm

Incident reported to have occurred at community park

Salmon Arm RCMP confirmed a person drowned in White Lake on July 28. (Black Press file photo)
From left: Harlowe Bird, Avery Sanche, Kennedy Sanche, and Aleeah Bird at the lemonade stand they ran for charity on July 22, 2021 in Sicamous. (Raegen Byron/Submitted)

In Sicamous, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade and sell it for charity

Raegen Byron and Sidney Clark’s respective daughters raised money for the B.C. Wildfire Recovery fund

From left: Harlowe Bird, Avery Sanche, Kennedy Sanche, and Aleeah Bird at the lemonade stand they ran for charity on July 22, 2021 in Sicamous. (Raegen Byron/Submitted)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
As of July 24, the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous was at 1,000 hectares. (CSRD photo)

No growth overnight for Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous

The fire remains at an estimated size of 1,000 hectares

As of July 24, the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous was at 1,000 hectares. (CSRD photo)
Chase RCMP responded to a report of “shots fired” on July 13, 2021. (File photo)

Driver claims he was shot at during road rage incident in Chase: Police

On July 13, Chase RCMP responded to a report of “shots fired”

Chase RCMP responded to a report of “shots fired” on July 13, 2021. (File photo)
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