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By Boundary Sentinel on Tuesday Jul 24 2018

The Smoky Skies Bulletin has been removed from the Boundary region said Environment Canada.

The Bulletin continues for East Columbia, Okanagan Valley and South Thompson regions.

Special air quality statement for Boundary region

Environment Canada has issued an Smoky Skies Bulletin for the Okanagan, Boundary and East Columbia regions of BC.

Environment Canada said smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility.

A Smoky Skies Bulletin is in effect for:

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Jul 24 2018

The Southeast Fire Centre said the small wildfire burning north of Nelson is in the "being held'' stage, and is not likely to spread.

The Southeast Fire Centre officials said the wildfire, which was human caused, is .02 hectares in size, is currently being monitored by three BC Wildfire firefighters.

When a fire is at the "being held" stage it is considered to be under control but still smouldering. Previously, this was called the "mop-up" stage.

By Trail Champion on Monday Jul 23 2018

A two-vehicle incident on Hwy 3B near Rock Island (near Glenmerry) this morning sent one person to hospital with minor injuries, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Cpt. Grant Tyson.

“A pick-up truck rear-ended a tractor-trailor unit and flipped over,” Tyson said, adding Trail Station 374, BCAS and RCMP responded.

The emergency call came in at 8:13 a.m., and crews were on scene by 8:17 a.m.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

By Trail Champion on Monday Jul 23 2018

Trail and area police and fire crews were kept busy this recently with a suspicious house fire and four vehicular fires in less than two weeks.

According to Acting Sgt. Devon Reid, a call came in yesterday at 6 a.m. for a structure fire in Fruitvale.

“No one was injured in the blaze, but the residence was completely consumed by the fire,” Reid said. “The investigation is still ongoing, however, police have determined that this was likely a targeted act of arson, and that the resident of the burnt dwelling and the suspect are known to each other.”

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 23 2018

BC Wildfire Service staff is urging the public not to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or "drones”) in an around wildfires in the region.

Carlee Kachman, Information Officer for the BC Wildfire Service based in the Southeast Fire Centre said in media release Monday that BC Wildfire Service staff were forced to temporarily halt air operations on the Wilson Creek wildfire on Sunday (July 22) due to people operating unmanned aerial vehicles above the fire.

By City of Trail on Monday Jul 23 2018

The City of Trail is pleased to announce the Trail SK8 Park Project officially broke ground today at Gyro Park. Mayor Mike Martin, members of council, and representatives from the Society for the Friends of the Trail Skatepark (the Society), New Line Skateparks and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) officially commemorated this significant occasion with a sod-turning photo at the construction site. The expected completion date of the project is late September 2018.

By Bob Hall on Monday Jul 23 2018

Offered for the first time by Selkirk College as a pilot program in January 2018, SPECTRUM is now ready to deliver invaluable resources about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to the world.

SPECTRUM: Lifespan Autism Resources & Training is an exciting, innovative online course offering perspectives about ASD across the lifespan to increase awareness and understanding.

By Trail Champion on Monday Jul 23 2018

A Fruitvale man was arrested Friday afternoon after police executed a search warrant, according to Trail Acting Sgt. Devon Reid.

“On July 20, at approximately 2 p.m., the Joint Crime Reduction Unit of Trail and Castlegar, along with the Trail RCMP General Duty members, executed a search warrant at a residence located on the 1600 block of Highway 3B in Fruitvale for theft of hydro electricity,” Reid said in a press release Monday.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jul 22 2018

The Southeast Fire Centre issued a press release Saturday regarding the current state of wildfires in the district.

Media at Southeast Fire Centre said the BC Wildfire Service is responding to two fires of note in the Southeast Fire Centre.

By Eileen Delehanty Pearkes on Sunday Jul 22 2018

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005.