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Spencer Gough is running for Fernie council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Spencer Gough to run for Fernie council

A gymnastics coach, Gough has lived in Fernie full-time for the last five years

Spencer Gough is running for Fernie council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)

Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuation orders rescinded for Olalla

Village of Apex and portion of Green Mountain Road remain on evacuation

BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)
The Three Sisters in Fernie partially obscured by wildfire smoke in the 2021 summer wildfire season in B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Environment Canada warns of reduced air quality in Elk Valley

Three wildfires of note are burning in East Kootenay

The Three Sisters in Fernie partially obscured by wildfire smoke in the 2021 summer wildfire season in B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Fernie Fire Department’s former home. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Fernie signs new collective agreement with firefighter union

Career firefighters in Fernie will be getting 2.5 percent wage increase for three years

The Fernie Fire Department’s former home. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
The wildfire south of Rosswood as it looked from the air earlier. Skimmer aircraft were deployed today. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Rosswood fire has moved away from structures

Skimmer aircraft used today to establish perimeter

The wildfire south of Rosswood as it looked from the air earlier. Skimmer aircraft were deployed today. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Thomas McDonald is running for Area A director with the RDEK in October. Pictured on his Cokato farm in August. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Thomas McDonald to run for Area A director

Area A encompasses all of the Elk Valley outside the three municipalities

Thomas McDonald is running for Area A director with the RDEK in October. Pictured on his Cokato farm in August. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The (former) sani dump in Fernie was closed at the end of summer ‘21. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s temporary sani dump plans get flushed

City council rejected a temporary sani-dump solution, objecting to the pricetag

The (former) sani dump in Fernie was closed at the end of summer ‘21. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)

Some Keremeos Creek fire evacuation orders and alerts rescinded

Evacuations lifted for over 40 properties along Hwy 3A corridor

This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)
Image of the Cummings Creek wildfire of note, taken by BC Wildfire Service on August 7. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Sparwood gets update on Cummings Creek wildfire activity

The fire is burning aggressively at night, and efforts will be made to slow it from crossing Cummings Creek

Image of the Cummings Creek wildfire of note, taken by BC Wildfire Service on August 7. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
Future site of the Lubers Express Oil Change business in Fernie. It has been under a stop-work order since September 2021. Pictured in July 2022 (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Long-delayed Fernie lube business to move ahead again

The business had its site hit by a stop-work order in September 2021

Future site of the Lubers Express Oil Change business in Fernie. It has been under a stop-work order since September 2021. Pictured in July 2022 (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A map of the restricted area around the Cummings Creek fire to the west of Sparwood. A link to a higher-resolution map is in the story below. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Area restriction applied to Cummings Creek fire near Sparwood

The is burning in steep terrain 5km west of Sparwood

A map of the restricted area around the Cummings Creek fire to the west of Sparwood. A link to a higher-resolution map is in the story below. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
Image of the Cummings Creek wildfire of note, taken by BC Wildfire Service on August 7. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Cummings Creek wildfire under close watch

The fire may be helicopter bucketed by the BC Wildfire Service depending on conditions

Image of the Cummings Creek wildfire of note, taken by BC Wildfire Service on August 7. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
Aggressive fire activity photographed on August 8 by the BC Wildfire Service. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Area restriction applied to Weasel Creek wildfire

The fire burned over the border on August 4

Aggressive fire activity photographed on August 8 by the BC Wildfire Service. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
The Weasel Creek wildfire has burned across the Montana border and into the B.C. portion of the Flathead Valley.Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service.

Area restriction in effect for Weasel Creek fire

An Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Weasel Creek wildfire…

The Weasel Creek wildfire has burned across the Montana border and into the B.C. portion of the Flathead Valley.Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service.
Electric vehicle charging stations at the Fraser Valley Regional District building in Chilliwack in February 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Electric vehicle charging stations at the Fraser Valley Regional District building in Chilliwack in February 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Images of Hartley Creek Rd rutted out over summer. (Image courtesy of Rebecca Vaughan)

Hartley Creek Rd a danger in all seasons: Local resident

A resident of Hartley Creek Rd has put together a report detailing solutions for Hartley Creek Rd

Images of Hartley Creek Rd rutted out over summer. (Image courtesy of Rebecca Vaughan)
Image of the Cummings Creek wildfire of note, taken by BC Wildfire Service on August 7. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Two fires of note in Elk Valley area

The Cummings Creek and Weasel Creek wildfires are being monitored

Image of the Cummings Creek wildfire of note, taken by BC Wildfire Service on August 7. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
Fernie’s Wapiti 2022 music festival. (All photos by Soranne Floarea / For The Free Press)

10th annual Wapiti Music Festival goes off with a bang

The sold out event featured acts including Shred Kelly and The Sheepdogs

  • Aug 8, 2022
Fernie’s Wapiti 2022 music festival. (All photos by Soranne Floarea / For The Free Press)
Iain Davidson (left) with Andy MacFarlane. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie local recognised for life-saving actions

Iain Davidson performed CPR on Andy MacFarlane in 2021, helping save his life before paramedics arrived

Iain Davidson (left) with Andy MacFarlane. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
BC Coroners Service and Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a fatal ATV crash near Williams Lake Aug. 7, 2022. (RCMP logo)
BC Coroners Service and Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a fatal ATV crash near Williams Lake Aug. 7, 2022. (RCMP logo)