RDKB Emergency Operations Centre Update
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is continuing to monitor the McArthur Creek wildfire southeast of Salmo, as well as other existing wildfires in the region. In addition, the RDCK is assessing new wildfires to ensure that people and property are protected.
Wildfire smoke is now raising havoc across most of Western Canada as Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan Wednesday.
The public is invited to Toadfest at Summit Lake Provincial Park, near Nakusp on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 between 4-7 p.m., and Thursday, August 23, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
This free, fun, family event, coordinated by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), raises awareness about the Western Toad, including its life cycle, habitat, and the challenges it faces. The event is timed to coincide with the migration of the toadlets that emerge from Summit Lake and make their way to higher ground in mid-summer each year, where they mature into adults.
The Southeast Fire Centre has placed area restrictions to the public due to wildfires near Revelstoke and Kokanee Glacier Park outside Silverton.
The restricted area near Silverton includes the popular hiking destination of Idaho Peak, accessed by vehicle from a foresty road near Sandon. Idaho Peak, which offers one of the best views over Slocan Lake, is a relaxing 1.5 km hike each way, with only a few steep spots.
The City of Trail would like to provide the public with an update on the action the City has taken since the two sulphuric acid spills that occurred on April 10 and May 23, 2018 on Highway 3B (Highway 22).
The Boundary, West Kootenay took the brunt of Mother Nature’s heat wave Friday with a handful of communities in the region setting new records according to Environment Canada.
Castlegar, Grand Forks and Trail all shattered old records, with the Silver City checking in with the highest temperature at 41.1 C Friday.
Trail’s old record was 37.8 C, set in 1978. Records have been kept in the Silver City since 1928.
Charges are being considered after a man crashed a vehicle near the Shambhala Music Festival Thursday afternoon RCMP said in a media release.
The incident began at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday when a West Kootenay Traffic officer stopped a lone male for speeding on Highway 3 west of Salmo.
Police said the officer noticed the male was acting suspicious and while approaching the vehicle a second time, the male sped off.
The BC Wildfire Service is currently responding to three new wildfires that may interest the public in the Southeast Fire Centre — of importance to festivial goers, McArthur Creek fire near the Shambhala Music Festival.
However, in a media release Thursday, the Southeast Fire Centre said no evacuation alert is anticipated at this time.
A wildfire is burning within 10 kilometers east of the Shambhala Music Festival media information on the BC Wildfire website said.
The McArthur Creek fire, discovered Sunday, July 29th, is surrounded by favourable geographic features that could act as natural fuel breaks.
“An evacuation alert has not been issued for the Shambhala Music Festival,” the BC Wildfire site said. “With favourable wind direction in the forecast, an evacuation alert is not anticipated for the music festival at this time.”