Province on high alert with increased fire activity across B.C.

Campfires, open fires and fireworks banned throughout BC 

VICTORIA – The Province is cautioning all British Columbians to be diligent with fire safety and report all wildfires to authorities as 184 active fires are being fought across British Columbia with 9 evacuation alerts and orders currently in effect, impacting over 800 homes.

Twenty-seven new fires started in B.C. yesterday, with extreme fire hazard rating in many areas, and hot and dry weather conditions continuing to present challenges to firefighting efforts. British Columbians are urged to be responsible and abide by all fire bans and evacuation orders until conditions change.

Campfire bans have now been implemented across the province. Failure to abide by the Wildfire Act, including open burning restrictions, can result in a $345 fine. Anyone who causes damage to Crown forest or grass land through arson or recklessness can be fined up to $1 million or spend up to three years in prison.

Air quality status:

If you see or smell smoke in the air, you’re encouraged to avoid strenuous outdoor activities, especially people with chronic underlying medical conditions. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying respiratory conditions – like asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – or heart disease.

For information on current air quality readings in B.C. please visit

Supports for British Columbians impacted by wildfires:

Emergency Social Services (ESS) support has been provided for over 200 people in B.C. due to the wildfires east of Kelowna and in Port Hardy. ESS is temporary public aid that provides up to 72 hours of essentials like lodging and food service, as well as emergency supplies and absolute necessities.

Report all wildfires:

Human-caused wildfires are preventable and the public is B.C.’s first line of defence against forest fires. Please be diligent when in the backcountry, and report all wildfires to 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your mobile phone.

Learn More:

For current information on current wildfires and open burning prohibitions in your area, as well as fire safety tips, see: and

For current Evacuation Alerts and Orders in B.C., see:

To learn about how to prevent wildfires and what to do if your community receives an Evacuation Alert or Order, visit: and

The Homeowner’s FireSmart Manual helps inform people on how to reduce the risk of personal property damage due to wildfires:

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2 Bedroom, 2 Bath For Sale

Desert Rose Estates

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“Family Splash Day” on July 15 at Osoyoos Splash Park

Veronica at Osoyoos Splash ParkCome on down to the Osoyoos Splash Park for an afternoon of Family Fun! Games, prizes, treats and other activities will all be part of the afternoon!

 Wednesday, July 15, 2015
4:30pm – 7:00pm
Osoyoos Splash Park

What better way to spend a Wednesday night than with the family?
Jack Shaw Gardens
89th Street & Kingfisher Drive, Osoyoos, BC

This is a FREE program and we encourage all families big or small to come and enjoy!
Refreshments are going to be provided by AG Foods.

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Collision West Of Osoyoos

rcmp-logoA collision occurred on Highway 3 west of Osoyoos near Kobau Mountain at 0930 this morning Sunday July 5th.
A Honda Civic went off road (to the left) down an embankment. There were 6 occupants on board. All taken to South Okanagan General Hospital by ambulance.

One passenger was flown to Kelowna with broken bones but will be fine.

Charges are pending under the Motor Vehicle Act for Drive Without Due Care.

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Oliver’s Hottest Summer Wine, Food & Music Event


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Please help find Charlie. He was frightened by the fireworks Wednesday evening and escaped his harness and leash, he was last seen running North-West of Gyro Park. May be frightened and hiding. Please check yards, orchards, and vineyards in the Osoyoos area. He is very friendly and loves other dogs, he may approach people especially with other animals. He is not familiar with the area. Will most likely come when called, especially “Charlie! Come On!” or “Treats!” or “Car Ride!” if spotted. He is wearing a brown collar with a blue tag with name and phone numbers. If sighted or found, please contact Meaghan at 780-222-6347 or John at 250-499-5814 or 250-499-9439. He is so very loved and dearly missed, his entire family and friends are devastated. $500 REWARD if found and returned.
Meaghan Pronovost's photo.
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Fire At Kobau Bowling/Vengence Fitness

a-item-one22Kobau Bowling/Vengence Fitness fire – Investigators don’t have a cause but most of the damage in the upper floor. No date yet for when the facility will re-open. Those needing a weight room will also find the Sonora Centre closed for summer maintenance.

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