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Crews quickly knock down brush fire in north-end

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews knocked down a brush fire that quickly grew in the city's north end.

Assistant Chief Martin Drakely says the blaze was ignited Friday afternoon in the dry, wooded area behind the Michaels store off Mary Ellen Drive and the Parkway.

He says initially it was probably about 100 by 100, but within about 10 minutes they had about a full acre going, getting up into...(For full story and pictures click on title)

Province announces Island in level 4 drought rating

The BC Government has announced a level four drought rating for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

In conjunction with that, fishing in almost all streams and rivers on Vancouver Island is banned.

Valerie Cameron, Water Stewardship Manger with the province, says voluntary water conservation is encouraged for everybody.

She says whether an individual is going to see the impacts of...(For full story click on title)

Grass fire south of Nanaimo erupts into 18 hectare blaze

What started out as a small grass fire just east of Nanaimo Airport late Thursday afternoon quickly exploded into an estimated 18 hectares in size.

Coastal Fire Centre Spokesperson Marg Drysdale says crews made good progress containing the blaze overnight.

But there were some evacuations.

Drysdale says there were four homes evacuated and there is a road closure on Cedar Road between...(For full story click on title)

City's appeal of Colliery Order denied by EAB

It shouldn't have come as a surprise, but the province's Environmental Appeal Board has denied the city of Nanaimo's appeal on the Colliery Dams.

Council was seeking a stay and appeal of the Comptroller of Water Rights' Order to remediate the dams.

In a release, the city states that they were told on Tuesday that the application had failed.

The city's lawyer told...(For full story click on title)

Body found near Gabriola was man from Lower Mainland

A body found in the water near the south end of Gabriola Island on Tuesday has been identified.

The man is a resident of the Lower Mainland, but his name will not be released at the request of his family.

Security footage shows the man walked on the ferry in Tsawwassen, bound for Duke Point, on Monday night around 8pm.

It isn't clear how he ended up in the water but there is no...(For full story click on title)

Fairwinds sold to Vancouver based private company

A massive land sale on the mid-island with future development implications.

Fairwinds Golf Club has been sold to a Vancouver based private company.

No other details are being released at this time, but in an email to our newsroom, Russell Tibbles, the Vice President for Development and Operations at Fairwinds, states that he'll "soon have more details on this exciting news for...(For full story click on title)

Police investigate Canada Day assault

RCMP are investigating an early morning assault in Nanaimo on Canada Day.

Just before 1 am, a 911 call came in from a 39-year-old man who had sustained a head injury.

Police say the victim was jumped by an unknown person or persons in the 600 block of 5th Street.

He was flown to Victoria General Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

Witnesses to the attack...(For full story click on title)

Coroner ID's Gabriola drowning victim

An 86-year-old Gabriola man has been identified as the victim of a drowning June 28.

Werner Karl Bachman was seen going into the water at Twin Beaches on the north tip of Gabriola Island around 2 pm.

About 50 minutes later, witnesses say Bachman was in some distress and pulled him to shore.

Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

The Coroner's Office continues to investigate.

Startling lack of precipitation over last 2 months

It was bone dry during May and June.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Matt MacDonald says 11.5 millimeters of rain has fallen during the past two months.

The average during May and June in Nanaimo is 117mm.

He says they usually refer to May and June as the cold, low months where low pressure systems deliver cool and showery weather and we...(For full story click on title)

Two Injured in Incident Near Ladysmith

A Medevac situation earlier today on Highway One near Oyster Sto Lo Road near Ladysmith.

Reports say a motorcyle and another vehicle were involved and two people were flown to hospital in critical condition.

One of those to Victoria, the other to Nanaimo.

Traffic was backed up for several hours.

English River Water Project Funding

The Englishman River water project is a little closer to getting started after a recent funding announcement.

The federal and provincial governments have stepped up with 6 million dollars in grants.

The total estimated cost of the project is about 22 million dollars.

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