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Midway fire chief Walt Osellame is stepping down after 30 years at the helm. (Submitted)

Midway fire chief to retire after 40 years of service

Osellame was principal at Boundary Creek Secondary for most of his tenure as chief

 

A view of the updated evacuation alert area. Photo: Regional District Central Kootenay

RDCK reduces number of homes under evacuation alert from Talbott Creek Fire

129 homes in the vicinity of the fire are no longer under an evacuation alert

 

Low visibility has grounded helicopters trying to fight the fire. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Talbott Creek fire grows to 860 hectares

Helicopters haven’t been able to fight fire recently due to low visibility

Low visibility has grounded helicopters trying to fight the fire. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Up to 147 firefighters are now fighting the Talbott Creek fire. Photo: Connor Trembley

Talbott Creek fire grows to 610 hectares

Up to 147 firefighters, 10 helicopters now being used to fight the fire

Up to 147 firefighters are now fighting the Talbott Creek fire. Photo: Connor Trembley
The Talbott Creek fire has recently grown in size. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The Talbott Creek fire has recently grown in size. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
A view of the fire from Highway 6. Photo: Connor Trembley

Talbot Creek fire holds steady at 446 hectares

Helicopters have been collecting water in buckets to suppress eastern and northern flanks of fire

A view of the fire from Highway 6. Photo: Connor Trembley
The Talbot Creek fire on Aug. 22. Photo Christophe Valls

UPDATE: Talbot Creek fire in Slocan Valley grows to over 300 hectares

Evacuation alert and area restriction remains in place

The Talbot Creek fire on Aug. 22. Photo Christophe Valls
Crews aggressively fighting Talbot Creek fire southwest of Winlaw
Crews aggressively fighting Talbot Creek fire southwest of Winlaw
The Aaron Hill fire is east of Ootischenia. Photo: BCWildfire map
The Aaron Hill fire is east of Ootischenia. Photo: BCWildfire map
Bailey Shaw of the BC Wildfire Service tackles a fallen cedar tree at the Christina Lake Dog Park. The regional district partnered with the wildfire service to clear dangerous trees and accumulated deadfall from the park. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

RDKB partners with BC Wildfire to clean up dead wood at Christina Lake Dog Park

BC Wildfire crews used the cleanup project as an opportunity for chainsaw training

Bailey Shaw of the BC Wildfire Service tackles a fallen cedar tree at the Christina Lake Dog Park. The regional district partnered with the wildfire service to clear dangerous trees and accumulated deadfall from the park. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
A BC Wildfire helicopter prepares for take off. (Joe Lebeau/Hashmark Photography)

BC Wildfire Service to conduct night vision trials for helicopters in South Okanagan

This technology could assist with future firefighting operations

A BC Wildfire helicopter prepares for take off. (Joe Lebeau/Hashmark Photography)
There will be a Category 2 and 3 fire ban in place as of Monday, April 16 in B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski - Black Press Media)

B.C. wide burning restrictions come into effect April 16

‘Larger open burns pose an unnecessary risk and could detract from wildfire detection’

There will be a Category 2 and 3 fire ban in place as of Monday, April 16 in B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski - Black Press Media)
Firefighter lights a back-burn to interrupt the spread of a B.C. forest fire. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C. works to prepare for future wildfire, flood seasons

Stepping up prescribed burns is part of the provincial strategy

Firefighter lights a back-burn to interrupt the spread of a B.C. forest fire. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
B.C. wildfires to burn into 2018

B.C. wildfires to burn into 2018

Many of the largest fires likely won’t be doused until the spring.

B.C. wildfires to burn into 2018
(BC Wildfire Service)

$90M spent million fighting B.C. wildfires since April 1

There were 17 new fires started on Sunday

(BC Wildfire Service)