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All open burning is allowed on Vancouver Island and the south coast, while larger industrial sized burning must be registered.
All open burning is allowed on Vancouver Island and the south coast, while larger industrial sized burning must be registered. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Open burning ban lifted for Nanaimo and area

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 19, 2018 - 9:46am Updated: September 19, 2018 - 10:18am

NANAIMO — All open burning is once again allowed across Nanaimo and areas within the the Coastal Fire Centre, thanks to recent rainfall and dropping temperatures.

Several warning signs were placed around Woodgrove Centre Sunday afternoon due to minor flooding.
Several warning signs were placed around Woodgrove Centre Sunday afternoon due to minor flooding. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

'It was scary:' lightning bolt hits north Nanaimo house during fierce storm

By Ian Holmes
September 17, 2018 - 4:36pm

NANAIMO — Several people were temporarily evacuated from their homes after one of numerous lightning strikes hit Nanaimo's north end during a strong, isolated storm.

Nuutsumuut Lelum has "passive house" technology, which uses natural and ambient heat to keep the affordable housing units toasty during the winter.
Nuutsumuut Lelum has "passive house" technology, which uses natural and ambient heat to keep the affordable housing units toasty during the winter. Aboriginal Housing Management Association/Facebook

Innovative housing design earns praise for Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre

By Spencer Sterritt
September 12, 2018 - 8:36pm

NANAIMO — A method of bringing down hydro bills is earning serious recognition for the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre and their first affordable housing project.

Cooler, wet weather has led the Coastal Fire Centre Zone to lift a long-standing campfire ban.
Cooler, wet weather has led the Coastal Fire Centre Zone to lift a long-standing campfire ban. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

South Coast campfire ban lifted, but larger fires remain outlawed

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 11, 2018 - 9:37am Updated: September 11, 2018 - 11:02am

NANAIMO — The Coastal Fire Centre  has given the go-ahead for campfires on Vancouver Island and the southern B.C. coast after a prolonged ban of nearly three months.

A woman confirmed to NanaimoNewsNOW a jogger intervened when a cougar briefly chased her off-leash dog Monday morning on the Holland Creek Trail.
A woman confirmed to NanaimoNewsNOW a jogger intervened when a cougar briefly chased her off-leash dog Monday morning on the Holland Creek Trail. The Canadian Press

Conservation officers keeping close eye on Ladysmith trail after cougar encounter

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 10, 2018 - 5:01pm Updated: September 10, 2018 - 5:34pm

LADYSMITH — Conservation officers are paying extra attention to a cougar encounter in Holland Creek Trail in Ladysmith.

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