BC Wildfire crews continue to battle a fires in the West Kootenay as the region braces for more inclement weather as the day progresses.
The BC Wildfire Service interactive map shows five fires out of control — four in the Slocan Valley and the other the Woodbury Creek fire near the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.
The Woodbury Creek fire, located in the mountains between Ainsworth and Kaslo above Highway 31, is currently listed at 480 hectares.
Selkirk College has introduced a mandatory non-medical face mask policy at all of its campuses and learning centres.
In keeping with Provincial Government directions to temper the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the regional post-secondary now requires all students, staff and visitors to don a face mask where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
“This is an important step that will help ensure the health and safety of our Selkirk College community,” says Vice President of College Services Kerry Clarke.
BC Wildfire Service stepped up the attack on several lightning-caused fires in the West Kootenay Wednesday, sending in aerial assaults in an effort to halt the progress in the Southeast Fire Centre.
As many as seven fires continue to burn in the Slocan Valley near Winlaw following Monday’s thunder and lightning storm that passes through the region.
Wednesday, four ConAir Fire Boss planes could be seen from Highway 6 scooping up water from Slocan Lake before travelling back to drop 800 or so gallons of aqua on fires in the valley.
Divers with the BC RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were deployed to Logan Lake in the southern interior to assist investigators with the search and recovery of evidence related to an ongoing criminal investigation.
The remains of the missing Edmonton man, who was swept away on July 30, 2020 while attempting to rescue his family’s dog, was pulled from the Kootenay River Tuesday.
On Aug. 18, just before 12 p.m., front line RCMP officers from Kimberley and Cranbrook were called to a section of the Kootenay River, approximately six km south of the Canal Flats Bridge, where the deceased was spotted in a now shallow portion of the river.
The annual children’s blood lead testing clinics will take place in September. All children aged 6-36 months in the Trail Area, including Casino, Oasis, Rivervale, Waneta and Warfield are invited. In Trail, the average blood lead level over the past two years has been under 3ug/dL, the lowest levels seen since testing began. Still, there is no safe blood lead level.
In cooperation with BC Wildfire, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has determined the immediate threat from the Solomon Mountain Wildfire has subsided and evacuation alerts are no longer required.
Forty-four properties near Beaverdell in the West Boundary are no longer on evacuation alert. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinded all evacuation alerts at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
means no properties in the RDKB are on evacuation alert or order due to wildfire.
The attached map shows the area where this evacuation alert rescind applies.
The thunder and lightning storm that flowed over the West Kootenay Monday evening sparked up wildfires in the region, including eight in the Slocan Valley in the mountains surrounding Winlaw.
The Fairful Creek fire, the Watson Creek fire and the Talbot Creek fire, all located southwest of Winlaw, are listed as "out of control" on the BC Wildfire Interactive Map. The Talbot Creek fire is the largest at five hectares.
For the first time in Kootenay history, entrepreneurs and startups from across the region will go head to head in the first ever Kootenay Pitch Competition at the Nelson Innovation Centre, hosted by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) and proudly sponsored by the Nelson & District Credit Union.
The competition is made up of three pitch events and a grand finale pitch event.
In an effort to revive a struggling downtown core, the Grand Forks downtown business association is offering new commercial owners six-months free rent on a two-year lease.
The program is aimed at new busineses, only.
The downtown business association is hoping to fill up some of the boarded up building in the downtown core that have left the area due to recent floods, wildfires and, of course, the recent COVID-19 global pandemic.