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Campfires won't be allowed for much of B.C.'s South Coast as of noon on Thursday.
Campfires won't be allowed for much of B.C.'s South Coast as of noon on Thursday. File Photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Campfires banned as wildfire threat rises

By Ian Holmes
July 5, 2017 - 4:34pm

NANAIMO — Campfires will no longer be allowed for most of B.C.'s South Coast as of 12 p.m. Thursday, July 6.

The Coastal Fire Centre is banning all open fires on the South Coast, with an exception being the fog zone on the west side of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii.

An elderly man was pulled from the Nanaimo River (pictured) after entering distress while swimming.
An elderly man was pulled from the Nanaimo River (pictured) after entering distress while swimming. Google Earth

UPDATE: Man pulled from Nanaimo River dies

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
July 4, 2017 - 5:24pm Updated: July 5, 2017 - 1:02pm

NANAIMO — RCMP confirm an elderly man who was in distress while swimming in the the Nanaimo River on Tuesday has died.

Const. Gary O'brien told NanaimoNewsNOW the 73-year-old man died in hospital Tuesday evening after being pulled from the river earlier in the day.

The Canadian Press

Pain drove B.C. woman and 'thousands' to street drugs after medication cut off

By The Canadian Press
June 26, 2017 - 10:35am

VANCOUVER — Desperate for relief from unbearable pain following knee surgery, Lorna Bird says she was forced to buy drugs from the Downtown Eastside streets of Vancouver when her doctor stopped prescribing an opioid in response to new standards aimed at preventing fatal overdoses.

Smoke billows from a forest fire burning east of Port Alberni
Smoke billows from a forest fire burning east of Port Alberni Evan Hammond

UPDATED: Forest fire burning at base of Mt. Arrowsmith 'under control'

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
June 25, 2017 - 8:35pm Updated: June 26, 2017 - 4:23pm

UPDATED - 8:45 a.m - The Mt. Arrowsmith fire is now 15 hectares in size and 95 per cent contained according to the Coastal Fire Centre. There will be 20 firefighters on site today, but no aircraft will be used to combat the blaze.

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