The Shambhala Music Festival issued a statement on its website to its guests and public of an evacuation alert near the festival grounds due to the McCormick Creek wildfire 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo.
“In the interest of public safety, we would like to inform our guests and the public, that there is an evacuation alert near the festival grounds,” the statement said.
With an eye on returning a league championship to the West Kootenay, the Selkirk College Saints now have roadmap of what it will take to come out on top in the upcoming 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.
Ed note: BC Wildfire Services says there are 126 wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares in British Columbia as of midnight Wednesday .
The Southeast Fire Centre has issued a release saying a 75-hectare wildfire that's burning about 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo and south of the Salmo River has prompted the Regional District of Central Kootenay to issue an evacuation alert for the McCormick Creek area.
More smoke may be seen coming from the Harrop Creek wildfire today (Aug. 9, 2017), as BC Wildfire Service personnel respond to a 15-hectare spot fire that is 750 metres outside of the main fire perimeter.
These fires are about 10 kilometres south of the communities of Harrop and Procter. As of the afternoon of Aug. 9, the Harrop Creek wildfire covered an estimated 2,136 hectares. These fires are burning in difficult terrain and producing a lot of smoke that may be visible from nearby communities.
Neither fire is currently threatening any communities or structures.
The Provincial Government’s announcement that tuition fees for Adult Basic Education will be eliminated starting immediately is welcome news for learners interested in upgrading opportunities in the Selkirk College region.
Looking to open the door to adults who wish to expand their education and skills, Premier John Horgan made the announcement at Victoria’s Camosun College. The NDP government’s plan also includes waiving tuition for domestic students in English Language Learning programs across the province.
Nakusp RCMP said in a media release Monday a vehicle may have been located in regards to a missing person file from Revelstoke.
The file started Thursday, August 3 at 12:47 p.m. when Nakusp RCMP received a report that 29-year-old Jared Szabo was missing after the Revelstoke resident failed to arrive the previous evening.
Szabo, 29, described as 6-foot, 177 pounds with brown hair and eyes, was last seen on (Tuesday) August 1, in Beaton, BC.
The BC Wildfire Service in a media release Tuesday is reminding the public that they must stay clear of firefighting aircraft that are collecting water from lakes in the Southeast Fire Centre region, including Moyie Lake, Lake Koocanusa and Premier Lake.
The release comes after four lightning fires started in the Moyie Lake area.
"When firefighting aircraft such as airtankers or helicopters are working on an active wildfire and picking up water from nearby lakes, they need plenty of room to manoeuvre to do their job safely," the media release said.
The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior and Northern Health Authorities has amended the area covered by the Smoky Skies Bulletin that was last updated on Thursday, August 3 due to changing smoke conditions.
For anyone noticing more bats around the house or property, you are not alone.
Mid-summer is the time when landowners typically notice more bat activity, may have bats flying into their house, and occasionally find a bat on the ground or roosting in unusual locations.
These surprise visitors are usually the young pups.
“In July and August, pups are learning to fly, and their early efforts may land them in locations where they are more likely to come in contact with humans,“ says Mandy Kellner, biologist and coordinator with the BC Community Bat Project.
In less than two weeks, participants of the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge will take on 222km of road (and hills) around the Kokanee Glacier, and all for a good cause.