Open fire restrictions roll out across B.C.’s Southern Interior |

Just as the heat begins to build in the Southern Interior, B.C.’s open fire bans are starting to roll out. As of noon on Thursday, the Ministry of Forests prohibited  Category 3 open fires throughout the Kamloops and Southeast fire centres.  Fires of that size have already been banned in the Cariboo fire centre. Read … Read more

Okanagan, Shuswap boaters asked to slow down, lessen wakes as water levels remain high – Okanagan |

With the first weekend of summer nearing and hot weather in the Okanagan and Shuswap forecast, expect to see a sudden increase in the number of boats on local lakes. But boaters are asked to be mindful of wakes when nearing the shore. Both the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) and Columbia Shuswap Regional … Read more

‘First hot stretch of summer’: Incoming B.C. weather will see mercury reach low-to-mid 30s |

For a second day, Environment Canada is warning the public it’s going to get hot later this week, and that most of B.C. will be impacted. Billing it as the first hot stretch of summer for the province, the national weather agency says the weather system will first hit eastern Vancouver Island and the Lower … Read more

Snowpack in West Kootenay backcountry climbs to 215 per cent of normal – Okanagan |

Snowpack levels in B.C.’s West Kootenay region have climbed to 215 per cent of normal as the spring melt continues to build. Since May 15, the region’s average snowpack has risen from 128 per cent of normal to 215 per cent — well above normal snow basin indices. “It is important to note the total … Read more

Thunder showers, rain could mean flooding for part of B.C. southern Interior |

Residents and property owners in part of British Columbia’s southern Interior are being asked to prepare for potential flooding due a forecast of thunder showers mixed with rain and sunshine. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen says the flood risk has increased considerably due to cooler temperatures and delayed snowmelt, and rain could raise the flow … Read more