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  • Smoke Hangs Over Vernon BC

    Despite a cloud of smoke hanging over Vernon BC, there is no health risk. Thats according to data provided by Environment Canada on their website. As of 5:00 PM PST Thursday 23 November 2023 the published air quality rating is 2, low risk.

  • Vernon Weather Averages and Extremes - UPDATE

    UPDATE: Environment Canada now says Wednesday will be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries early in the morning. Environment Canada records and makes available weather averages and extremes November 20, 2023: Does the cold and snow seem a little bit tardy to you this year? Today in Vernon, BC the temperature was hovering around 1 deg. C early afternoon. No snow, light cloudy skies, dipping to -5 degrees C overnight. The six-day forecast for the area predicts more of the same as far ahead as next Sunday, with no prediction of precipitation, IE snow. While Vernon's temperature is about average for this time of year the snowfall is not. Vernonittes can usually count on 30 cm or about 1 foot of snow in the middle of November. Historical Weather Data: Highest Temperature (1895-1959) 11.7 °C 1954 Lowest Temperature (1895-1959) -18.3 °C 1946 Greatest Precipitation (1895-1959) 7.1 mm 1921 Greatest Rainfall (1895-1959) 4.6 mm 1954 Greatest Snowfall (1895-1959) 7.1 cm 1921 Last November 20, 2022 Weather in Vernon Night +12.2° C Morning +11.1° C Day +15.0° C Evening +11.1° C Tags: Vernon Weather Averages and Extremes

  • Falkland Motor Vehicle Incident Sends 7 To Hospital

    Falkland, BC - A multi-vehicle incident on Highway 97 near Falkland brought emergency responders to the scene on Thursday evening. The incident, which involved seven vehicles including two rollovers, resulted in the closure of Highway 97 for several hours. The event unfolded just before 7 PM, prompting a swift response from 911 operators who received multiple calls reporting the seven-car collision. The Falkland Fire Hall was the first to arrive at the scene, situated 5 kilometers east of Falkland at the intersection of Highway 97 and Dear Road. Fortunately, despite the severity of the incident, injuries were reported as minor, and no individuals were trapped inside the vehicles. One person was seen to be on a stretcher when loaded into an ambulance. Emergency services acted promptly, initially dispatching seven ambulances. Some of those ambulances were canceled as crews arrived on scene and the reassessed the situation. Seven people, some believed to be children, were transported to hospital mostly as a precautionary measure. Six people may have been in one of the vehicles involved. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. At the time of the incident, the roads were dry, and the temperature hovered around zero. As a result of the collision, Highway 97 at Falkland was closed to traffic for several hours. Detours were established, directing vehicles around the accident scene via Smith Road. However, the narrow detour route proved challenging for semi-trucks, leading to delays until an escort could be arranged to escort them past the accident along Highway 97. Tags: Falkland Motor Vehicle Incident Sends 7 To Hospital

  • Lumby Home Destroyed By Early Morning Fire

    Lumby, BC - November 16, 2023: An early morning fire completely destroyed a rural home and a personal vehicle today. 911 received calls at 6 AM reporting the incident. Upon the Lumby & District Fire Department's arrival at the 1200 block of Creighton Valley Road, Lumby, BC, the rural house was already fully involved. Two individuals on-site were taken to Vernon Hospital for smoke inhalation treatment. Under the "Mutual Aid Agreement," Lumby and District Fire Department requested support from Lavington Fire Department for manpower and equipment, and BX Swan Lake Fire Hall for water tanker resources. BC Ambulance Service and RCMP also attended. Two dogs, several goats, and chickens in an outlying building and yard were unharmed. Fire crews managed to contain the blaze to the house, preventing it from spreading to other buildings on the property. For more information about Lumby Fire Department, including details on regular membership applications, visit Lumby Fire Department. Tags: Lumby Home Destroyed By Early Morning Fire

  • VERNON RCMP Report - 14,497 Calls For Service

    VERNON NORTH OKANAGAN DETACHMENT 3rd Quarter (July to September) 2023 - 14,497 calls for service YTD RCMP Superintendent Shawna BAHER, Officer in Charge, produced Vernon crime statistics for the 3rd quarter, July to September 2023. The report compares this quarter to the same time period last year. Here are some, but not all of the investigations conducted by the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Detachment. This Quarter: Calls For Service 5083 -10.7% YTD - 14,497 Criminal Code 1638 -0.4 % YTD - 4705 Property Offences 883 -11.7% YTD - 2642 - July 2nd, frontline officers attended to a suspicious death on Rogers Road (Vernon Rural). The Southeast District Major Crime Unit has conduct of the investigation. - July 4th, police assisted Vernon Fire Rescue with a structure fire in the 2800 block of 30th Street which was determined to be suspicious. The incident remains under investigation. - July 9th, frontline officers assisted with a wildfire in Ellison Provincial Park between Predator Ridge and the Outback Subdivision. Members conducted traffic control as campers left the park. - July 9th, frontline officers responded to an aggravated assault with a weapon on an individual in Polson Park. The victim was transported to hospital with serious injuries. - July 9th, SCU assumed conduct of an aggravated assault with a weapon on an individual in Polson Park. The victim was transported to hospital with serious injuries and the incident is still under investigation - July 12th, police observed a suspicious vehicle in the 1500 block of 37th Avenue and when police attempted to conduct a check on the vehicle, the driver rammed the police car and fled the scene. The heavily damaged vehicle came to a stop shortly thereafter and police arrested three occupants. The driver is charged with flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and fail to remain at the scene of an accident. - July 13th, police received a report of a person purposely lighting a fire in front of businesses in the 3600 block of 30th Avenue. Police identified a suspect and arrested a 34-year-old man who is charged with arson. - July 14th, frontline officers attended to an assault causing bodily harm at a business in the 3200 block of 39th Avenue after the victim was assaulted with a rock and sustained significant injuries. A 14-year-old teen was arrested and placed on numerous conditions pending court. - July 21st, DVU assisted frontline officers with the statement from a victim of a high-risk domestic violence investigation. The accused remains in custody pending trial. - July 24th, police were advised a fishing trawler capsized during a storm and the boat captain was missing. After weeks of searching by Vernon Search and Rescue, the RCMP Dive team utilizing specialized sonar equipment recovered the body of the captain. - July 26th, SCU assisted the Surrey RCMP with a missing children investigation who were later located in another jurisdiction. - August 1st, a pedestrian operating a motorized mobility scooter was struck by a tractor-trailer at the intersection of 25th Avenue and 34th Street while making a right turn. The driver and several witnesses remained on the scene and were cooperative with police. The pedestrian succumbed to injuries in the hospital. The incident is still under investigation. - August 2nd, police responded to an assault and theft of a vehicle from the parking lot in the 2200 block of 58th Avenue. The stolen vehicle fled the scene and was later recovered in another jurisdiction. No suspects were identified. - August 12th, SCU assumed conduct of a suspicious death in Vernon and the investigation continues. - August 15th, DVU obtained a statement from the victim of a domestic assault with regards to a breach of court-imposed conditions investigation. DVU executed a production order to obtain evidence to support the criminal charges. The accused is currently in custody. Sex Crimes: During this quarter, the BC Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (BC ICE) advised of 10 reports of possession of child pornography. - August 18th, police assisted Vernon Fire Rescue with a brush fire in the 4800 block of 32nd Street after the body of a deceased person was located at the scene. Investigation determined an unattended campfire was the source of the fire and there were indications of a possible drug overdose. The BC Coroner Service has conduct of the incident. - August 22nd, frontline officers responded to a serious motor vehicle incident involving a motorcycle on Hwy 97 north of Vernon. The motorcycle turned left from Hwy 97 in front of a southbound vehicle and was struck. The driver remained on the scene and was cooperative with police. No criminality was suspected. The motorcyclist was transported to hospital and succumbed to injuries. - August 23rd, police responded to a break-and-enter in progress at a business in the 4600 block of 27th Street. A 36-year-old woman was arrested and charged with numerous offences including resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. - August 24th, Sex Crimes assisted with the arrest an individual wanted on outstanding warrants from Alberta. The accused was remanded into custody and transported back to the area of jurisdiction. - August 30th, frontline officers responded to a motor vehicle incident in the parking lot of 4300 32nd Street after a vehicle collided with three parked unattended vehicles. The driver of the offending vehicle was deceased on scene and the BC Coroners Service assumed conduct of the investigation into the cause of death. - September 2nd, police attended a report of a theft and fight at a business in the 2400 block of 39th Street. The suspect was tracked by the Police Dog Section and arrested after attempting to flee the scene. A 32-year-old man is charged with robbery and was released from custody pending court. - September 2nd, Sex Crimes investigated a Sexual Interference and breach of imposed court conditions. The suspect, who was known to police, was arrested and remains in custody. The matter is before the courts. - September 5th, police investigated a suspicious vehicle pulling a travel trailer in the area of 43rd Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road. Police located the vehicle and learned the trailer was stolen. Police arrested two suspects for possession of stolen property over $5000 and they were held for court. - September 16th, multiple frontline officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 4000- block of 34th Street. Police determined no injuries were sustained and the incident is under investigation. - September 16th, SCU assumed conduct of a firearms incident in Vernon. No injuries were reported and the investigation continues. - September 21st, SCU assumed the conduct of a high-risk missing person investigation where criminality is suspected in the disappearance. - September 23rd, a police officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on 39th Avenue. When the driver refused to identify himself, police requested the driver exit the vehicle. Police located weapons and drug trafficking paraphernalia. A 26-year-old man faces numerous criminal charges. - September 26th, police responded to multiple reports of an undressed man attempting to gain entry to residences in the 4200 block of 29th Street. Police arrested a 23-year-old man who is being charged. Special Victim Unit (SVU) Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) Integrated Case Assessment Team (ICAT) Tags: VERNON RCMP Report - 14,497 Calls For Service

  • Vernon BC SPCA Closing Doors, Building Unsafe

    Engineers report building’s foundation, walls, and ceiling, unsafe for staff and animals November 15th 2023: Structual issues leave the BC SPCA no option but to permanently close the facility at Haney Road at Old Kamloops Road Vernon BC. Craig Daniell, chief executive officer for the BC SPCA: “Simply repairing the roof would not be a viable solution for the long-term future of the building, as the more than 35-year-old building is located on a former landfill site which is causing the subsidence and cracking of the facility.” "Due to a number of ongoing concerns related to the structural integrity of the Vernon community animal centre, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close the facility effective November 17. The BC SPCA remains committed to serving the animal welfare needs for the City of Vernon and surrounding communities through other regionally based programs and services such as animal protection, youth education, and community support initiatives, and through increased capacity at neighbouring animal centres in Shuswap and Kelowna." In a post on the BC SPCA website, CEO Daniell says the organization remains committed to the North Okanagan region. The remaining animals will be transferred to surrounding community animal centres including BC SPCA facilities in the Shuswap and Kelowna. “Many of the programs and services in place in Vernon, such as animal protection, youth education and community support initiatives, are already regionally based and we are exploring opportunities to further support the community moving forward.” “The decision to permanently close the Vernon community animal centre was very difficult and not one that was made lightly. At the end of the day, we needed to consider the welfare of our staff, volunteers, and, importantly, the animals in our care both in the short and long term.” If you need support from the BC SPCA, contact your nearest BC SPCA location or call the Animal Helpline: 1-855-622-7722. The Vernon BC SPCA Centre 35-year-old building will be permanently closed Friday, November 17, 2023 Tags: Vernon BC SPCA Closing Doors, Building Unsafe

  • Highway 97 Accident Ties up Traffic North of Vernon BC

    November 14th, 2023 Highway 97 Accident Ties up Traffic North of Vernon BC Traffic was reduced to one lane in both directions Tuesday morning. The accident occurred in the Southbound lane just before the 27th Street Exit Ramp around 8 AM. BX Swan Lake Fire Rescue attended along with BC Ambulance and RCMP. No cause for the incident has been released, and only minor injuries have been reported. Highway 97 was cleared by 9 AM Tags: Highway 97 Accident Ties up Traffic

  • Fireworks Spark Grass Fire at Kalamalka Lookout

    Coldstream Fire Hall responded to reports fireworks had ignited grass just beyond the fence at the Kalamalka Lookout on Kalamalka Lookout Road. The Incident was reported just after 7:30 Sunday evening. Coldstream Firefighters quickly extinguished the small blaze. Video from a thermal camera offers a unique view of where the fire was burning minutes earlier. Fireworks of any kind are not permitted in Coldstream without a permit: Coldstream City Bylaws - FIREWORKS 10 (1) A person must not: (a) sell or offer to sell, either by way of retail or wholesale, fireworks in the District; (b) give or hand over fireworks to another person in the District unless expressly authorized by a fireworks permit issued by the Fire Chief, and then only strictly in accordance with the permit; or (c) fire or discharge fireworks within the boundaries of the District unless authorized by a permit issued by the Fire Chief, and then only strictly in accordance with the permit. Tags: Fireworks Spark Grass Fire at Kalamalka Lookout

  • Coquihalla Highway 5 Monday November 13th 2023

    Compilation of images and weather information provided by Drive BC and Environment Canada - Coquihalla Roads SNOW Monday, November 13th 2023 Check out Links to more Compilations: Rogers Pass - Highway 97 - Okanagan Connector Fraser Canyon Highway 3 Coquihalla Tags: Coquihalla Highway 5 SNOW -Monday, November 13th 2023 - Road Conditions

  • Coquihalla Road Conditions

    November 12, 2023: Coquihalla - Highway 3 - Okanagan Connector - Rogers Pass - Road Conditions at a Glance Images and Weather Information Courtesy Drive BC and Environment Canada Visit Tags: Coquihalla - Highway 3 - Okanagan Connector - Rogers Pass - Road Conditions at a Glance

  • Vernon BC Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Cenotaph Memorial 2023

    Vernon BC Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Cenotaph Memorial 2023 Despite strong winds, hundreds of people gathered at Vernons War Memorial Cenotaph today to remember and honour those who gave their lives. The grassroots ceremony was held at Cenotaph Park located on the corner of 31st Avenue and 30th Street in Cenotaph Park. was spurred on by Nancy Wilde with the help of Jenn Pace of the ARMY NAVY AND AIR FORCE VETERANS SPITFIRE UNIT #5 Vernon, B.C., and the Vernon Elks Lodge #45 Tags: Vernon BC Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Cenotaph Memorial 2023

  • Emergency Alert Test British Columbia Wednesday

    Emergency alert system in BC to be tested on November 15 at 1:55 p.m. PST The test will cover TV, radio, and compatible phones. The test aims to raise public awareness, validate system reliability, and include an audible test of the Predator Ridge emergency siren for testing purposes only. No action is required from the public. The siren, installed by the Predator Ridge Community Emergency Management Committee, is meant to enhance wildfire evacuation notifications. The Alert Ready emergency alert system is tested biannually, and Vernon uses the Alertable app for local emergency broadcasts. Visit for more on emergency preparedness. Tags: Emergency Alert Test British Columbia Wednesday

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