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By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jul 26 2017

Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson near Beasley Bluffs is closed in both directions due to a significant wildfire, according to KBRFR Captain Grant Tyson.

The fire is roughly .1 hectare.

Motorists are asked to find alternate routes between the two cities.

Six separate fire departments are attending, and Southeast Fire Centre has sent two helicopter bucket crews and two initial attack crews (roughly six firefighters).

No structures are threatened at this time, but power was turned off for safety reasons.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 26 2017

Kootenay Savings supports consultation with the current B.C. government to restore the small business tax credit for credit unions – together with B.C. credit unions, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade. Kootenay Savings supports continued competitive financial services and local economic investment for British Columbia through fair taxation of credit unions.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Jul 25 2017

Quick action by the Blewett Fire Department may have headed off a potential wildfire Tuesday evening in the 4000 Block of Blewett Road west of Nelson.

The local volunteer fire department quickly arrived on scene after receiving a call of a grass fire. The fire originated when a resident was cleaning out a burn barrel and nearby grass caught on fire.

Blewett Fire Department responded to the call with equipment to extinguish the fire which smoke could be seen from homes on the north side of the Kootenay River, in Taghum and Beasley.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Jul 25 2017

Integrated Road Safety Unit and West Kootenay Traffic of the RCMP had a busy day Tuesday, issuing more than 50 tickets as police increased enforcement in and around the Nelson area.

Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit said in a media release the high number of tickets were written in relation to vehicles stopped for the driver's using cell phones while driving in the Nelson area.

By Trail Champion on Tuesday Jul 25 2017

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue saved a boater today after engine problems led to an accident.

Captain Grant Tyson said they got the call at 4:59 p.m. and arrived on scene at 5:07 p.m.

“A recreational fisherman was out for an evening fish when he experienced motor trouble,” Tyson explained. “The occupant tried to row his way to shore, but the current was too strong. The boat hit the middle piling of the new bridge and is still lodged there.

“The occupant was able to swim to shore.”

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Jul 25 2017

There are 32 wildfires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre district as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, according to Fire Information Officer John Boivin.

He said there were seven new fires yesterday (five of which were lightning-caused) and two new blazes today. Of the 32 fires, 20 are either under control or being held.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jul 21 2017

Cpl Dan Moskaluk said in a media release Friday, a team of RCMP investigators are continuing their investigation into last Saturday’s interface fire which occurred in the Okanagan Centre Rd area of Lake Country.

Moskaluk said a dedicated tip line has been set up to encourage anyone with information to contact police.

“At this time we are treating this fire as suspicious and believe it to be human caused," Moskaluk said.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 20 2017

West Kootenay Transit, in conjuction with BC Transit, are rolling out some changes to the local system starting Tuesday, August 1.

BC Transit said starting August 1, 2017, bus riders in the West Kootenay Transit System will benefit from extended service on several routes, and will be able to travel across zones for a single one-way cash fare of $2.25 (excluding health connection fares).

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to two brush fires in the Champion Lakes area within minutes of each other, according to Captain Grant Tyson.

The call came in at 2:28 p.m. and the incidents were under control by 3 p.m.

“They had it out in short order,” Tyson. “We sent a lot of resources. It's not getting any better out there, so we're on top of things.”

Twelve firefighters responded from Warfield, Montrose, Trail and Fruitvale.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Currently in the Southeast Fire District, there are 21 fires actively burning, according to Fire Information Officer John Boivin, all but nine of which are being held or under control (those that are not are way up into the mountains and/or very small).

The closest are two near Hoder Creek in the Slocan (the first is one hectare and is under control, the second is nine hectares and is being held) and one spot fire by Little Slocan Lake (again, under control).

None are threatening communities or structures.

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