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By Regional District of Central Kootenay on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

Yesterday, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) issued an Evacuation Alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake due to wildfires. The community of Shields, located further south along the lake, is now included in the alert area to align with the area identified by BC Wildfire Service.

A map of the amended alert area follows, and it can also be found on the RDCK website here.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency management officials.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The BC SPCA is on high alert, bracing for the need to assist animals impacted by the province’s raging wildfires.

This past Friday, an evacuation order was issued for areas that included the BC SPCA’s Quesnel Branch. We’ve also taken the precautionary measure of evacuating animals from our Williams Lake Branch. Staff and volunteers worked quickly to evacuate a total of 60 animals to shelters throughout the Lower Mainland.

By Regional District of Central Kootenay on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued an Evacuation Alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake due to wildfires. A map of the alert area follows, or it can be found on the RDCK website here.

There are three fires currently active in the area, all of which were discovered on Saturday, August 11:

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

On Aug. 9, around 6 p.m., the Trail and Castlegar Joint Crime Reduction Unit, Trail General Investigation Section, and Trail General Duty police officers executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act at a residence on Coleman Street in Trail. A 48-year-old male and a 47-year-old female were arrested and taken into custody by police. Police seized fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, drug trafficking paraphernalia, prohibited weapons, and a firearm.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The Southeast Fire Centre continues to be in the crosshairs of Mother Nature as the region experienced 85 new wildfire starts since Saturday (August 11, 2018) a media release Tuesday said — with 16 of which are in the Invermere Fire Zone and Cranbrook Fire Zone.

The BC Wildfire Service is prioritizing these new fires and responding to them accordingly.

There are currently six Wildfires of Note burning within these two zones:

Cross River wildfire

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 14 2018

In a media release Tuesday, The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) said all public access to its Darkwoods Conservation Area located in the mountains east of Ymir and west of Creston is closed due to a large wildfire on its southern border.

The lightning caused Blazed Creek Fire, which is burning in close proximity to Highway 3 approximately 20 kilometers northwest of Creston, has expanded to over 5,000 hectares as of Tuesday August 14, according to the BC Wildfire Service. 

By Timothy Schafer on Tuesday Aug 14 2018

There was no smoke or fire as the city took its final toke on the document that will legislate the use, production and sale of cannabis in Grand Forks.

City council passed final reading of the Zoning Bylaw amendment late last month that included several points pertaining to cannabis.

However there was no discussion on the bylaw amendment when it finally passed July 23, the final stamp on a piece of legislation that had been several months in the making, including a segment of public consultation.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 14 2018

Columbia Valley RCMP along with Search and Rescue are currently searching for a missing person in the Jumbo Pass area after police received a call for assistance Monday, August 13, through a SPOT activation. 

Police said in a media release Tuesday that a group of six persons were hiking in the area when one member left for short walk by herself on Sunday, August 12.

When the women didn’t return police were contacted.

The missing person, Louise Baxter, is described as:

By Contributor on Monday Aug 13 2018

In a media release Monday, the Southeast Fire Centre said since (Saturday) August 11, 2018, there have been 81 new wildfire starts in the Southeast Fire Centre, 19 of which are in the Columbia Fire Zone.

The Columbia Fire Zone extends from the Alberta border in the east to the Clan William Bridge (near Three Valley Gap) in the west, and from just north of Mica Dam in the north to Pingston Creek in the south. The communities of Revelstoke, Golden, Nicholson and Field are within the Columbia Fire Zone.

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