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The homeless are among the most vulnerable populations during extreme weather days. The City of Abbotsford has worked with partners to manage two cooling centres as temperatures begin to rise again. (Eric Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress files)

Cooling centres re-open in Abbotsford as temperatures set to rise this week

Two locations available for those who need reprieve from the heat

The homeless are among the most vulnerable populations during extreme weather days. The City of Abbotsford has worked with partners to manage two cooling centres as temperatures begin to rise again. (Eric Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress files)
The Central Heights church in Abbotsford was the target of mischief on Wednesday night, but the act was initially suspected to be arson. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News file)

Small fire at Abbotsford church was a case of mischief, not arson

Abbotsford Police gathered more evidence and concluded there is no threat to the community

The Central Heights church in Abbotsford was the target of mischief on Wednesday night, but the act was initially suspected to be arson. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News file)
The CF Snowbirds will still be a part of the Abbotsford International Airshow this year, but fireworks have been cancelled due to the fires burning in the province. (Erin Haluschak photo)

Abbotsford Airshow cancels fireworks displays due to fires burning throughout B.C.

Airshow organizers made decision following announcement of state of emergency

The CF Snowbirds will still be a part of the Abbotsford International Airshow this year, but fireworks have been cancelled due to the fires burning in the province. (Erin Haluschak photo)
Katerina Anastasiadis, executive director of Abbotsford’s Chamber of Commerce, says she’s looking forward to working with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole. She will be running in the next federal election in the riding of Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam. (Karolina Turek Photography)

Abbotsford Chamber executive director running for federal Conservative in Tri-Cities riding

Katerina Anastasiadis says she’s looking forward to working with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole

Katerina Anastasiadis, executive director of Abbotsford’s Chamber of Commerce, says she’s looking forward to working with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole. She will be running in the next federal election in the riding of Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam. (Karolina Turek Photography)
COVID-19 vaccination rates are steadily increasing in the Fraser Valley, including Abbotsford. (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)

85% COVID vaccination rate in Abbotsford for 50+ age group

City still slightly behind provincial rate of 80% for 12+ age group

COVID-19 vaccination rates are steadily increasing in the Fraser Valley, including Abbotsford. (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)
A Drive BC webcam shows a fire being hit with water from a BC Wildfire helicopter, just outside of Hope on July 20, 2021, along Highway 5 close to the Othello Tunnels. (Drive BC)

Highway 5 closed north of Hope due to vehicle fire

Highway 5 is closed while crews deal with roadside fire near Othello Tunnels

A Drive BC webcam shows a fire being hit with water from a BC Wildfire helicopter, just outside of Hope on July 20, 2021, along Highway 5 close to the Othello Tunnels. (Drive BC)
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New slo-pitch tournament to support Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation’s work

Health Care Heroes Slo-Pitch Tournament planned for Abbotsford in September

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Richmond Drive area CN Rail tracks where a crossing is in place with wooden ties that have been the site of small fires in the past. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Hope resident calls out concerns over wooden railway ties on CN track

Several fires along Richmond Drive section of tracks through town, she says

Richmond Drive area CN Rail tracks where a crossing is in place with wooden ties that have been the site of small fires in the past. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Campfires, fireworks cause major concern for all, says Fraser Valley fire chief

‘Even just your simple little wiener roast is going to draw so much attention’

(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
Abbotsford’s Jaspreet Sandhu bought his winning ticket at the Chilliwack Superstore. He hopes to buy a home with his winnings. (BC Lotto photo)

Abbotsford man eyeing up home for family after winning $1 million in Lotto Max

Winning ticket was purchased at Chilliwack grocery store outlet

Abbotsford’s Jaspreet Sandhu bought his winning ticket at the Chilliwack Superstore. He hopes to buy a home with his winnings. (BC Lotto photo)
A small fire was spotted by parks operator Dallas Brown on July 13, 2021 up Silver Skagit Road near Ross Lake. He was able to extinguish it and relay the information to BC Wildfire crews who also attended. (Dallas Brown

‘No thinking, just do’: Park operator douses fire at campsite south of Hope

Fire, made with debris, rubber and even animal bones could have threatened campers

A small fire was spotted by parks operator Dallas Brown on July 13, 2021 up Silver Skagit Road near Ross Lake. He was able to extinguish it and relay the information to BC Wildfire crews who also attended. (Dallas Brown
This unidentified dog is looking for her owner following the Lytton fire. (BC SPCA)

UPDATE: SPCA reconnect dog with her owners after Lytton fire

Dog was found by DFO workers near 12 Mile Road and has an injury to one leg

This unidentified dog is looking for her owner following the Lytton fire. (BC SPCA)
Matthew Lasser steadies himself as Jim Lasser loads him up with wood during a building party to make beds for local firefighters, as Samuel Masterton and Keith Lasser work in the background. (Submitted/Stephanie Hooker)

Brand new beds awaiting wildfire crews who lost everything in Lytton fire

Group of businesses and volunteers get together to support firefighters with beds, funds

Matthew Lasser steadies himself as Jim Lasser loads him up with wood during a building party to make beds for local firefighters, as Samuel Masterton and Keith Lasser work in the background. (Submitted/Stephanie Hooker)
Hope resident Theresa McCormick saw firsthand the serious gaps in emergency response on June 28, when someone she knew died while living in a motorhome without power. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Recent heat wave proves deadly for man in his 70s in an RV in Hope

Woman who tried to help and rescued his dog thinks we can do better to check on neighbours

Hope resident Theresa McCormick saw firsthand the serious gaps in emergency response on June 28, when someone she knew died while living in a motorhome without power. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Merritt Food Bank is filled to the brim with donations of all sorts. Emergency officials are asking for financial gifts instead to help evacuees of B.C.’s wildfires. (City of Merritt Facebook)

Financial help is what’s needed for B.C. wildfire evacuees

Emergency officials appeal to donors to stop sending goods as centres fill with donations

Merritt Food Bank is filled to the brim with donations of all sorts. Emergency officials are asking for financial gifts instead to help evacuees of B.C.’s wildfires. (City of Merritt Facebook)
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are being set up to help with the B.C. wildfire season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Out-of-province firefighters, military being dispatched to help B.C. control wildfires

More than 100 firefighters arriving Monday to help in B.C. Interior

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are being set up to help with the B.C. wildfire season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

Know how to evacuate in event of a fire, say B.C. emergency management officials

Emergency management officials provide update on wildfire situation across B.C.

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Russell Gurney was last seen in Mission on June 24, 2021. (RCMP released image)

Mission RCMP ask for help to locate missing man

Russell Gurney was last seen on June 24 in Mission

Russell Gurney was last seen in Mission on June 24, 2021. (RCMP released image)
James Harley is connected to a red 2003 Chevy van and was last seen in Mission. (RCMP released image)

Man missing from Mission last seen in May, RCMP say

James Harley is connected to a red 2003 Chevy van and was last seen in Mission

James Harley is connected to a red 2003 Chevy van and was last seen in Mission. (RCMP released image)