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by Contributor on Sunday Aug 13 2017

Southern Interior RCMP are warning the public of telephone solicitations in the name of Cops for Kids that could be circulating throughout the Southeast District and other parts of the province.

The RCMP report separate calls are being...

by Castlegar Source on Saturday Aug 12 2017

McCormick Creek Wildfire
20 kilometres SW of Salmo in the Pend d'Oreille area
Size: Approximately 350 hectares.

Crews are focusing efforts on establishing guard. Depending on weather conditions, more smoke may be visible from this fire as a result of burn-off operations which are necessary for containment efforts.

RDCK Structural Protection Unit (...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Aug 12 2017

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre has placed 135 properties between Sitkum Creek and the Crescent Bay area on the North Shore on Evacuation Alert following the report of two wildfires north of Nelson Saturday afternoon.

"Due to weather conditions and the fire’s close proximity to some homes the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Aug 12 2017

The McCormick Creek wildfire burning 20 kilometers south of Salmo in the Pend O’reille region has forced the Shambhala organizers to close down the 20th annual electronic music festival one day early — a decision that could cost upwards of $500,000..

The decision was made following extensive consultation Saturday between the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency...

by Contributor on Saturday Aug 12 2017

Shambhala orghanizers sent out the following release in an email Saturday afternoon:

Due to the McCormick Creek wildlife and after consulting with the local government Shambhala Music Festival Ltd. has decided to issue an early closure this year. While there is no immediate threat to the festival or its attendees, we believe it to be in everyone’s best interest to allow adequate time to...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Aug 12 2017

In a media release late Friday, the Southeast Fire Centre said effective immediately, the BC Wildfire Service is restricting boat access on the Pend D'Oreille River due to boaters interfering with firefighting aircraft.

As well, public access is restricted along the Pend D'Oreille Road from the Seven Mile Dam at Waneta - east to the international border.

"These restrictions will...

by Contributor on Friday Aug 11 2017

In a media release Friday afternoon, the Southeast Fire Centre reports personnel have been responding to 43 active wildfires throughout East and West Kootenays.

These fires include the following:

West Kootenay region

  • As of the afternoon of Aug. 11, the 100-hectare wildfire in the McCormick Creek area (20 kilometres southwest of Salmo) had 37...
by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Aug 11 2017

In a media release Saturday morning, the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centrel reports that BC Wildfire said the McCormick Creek wildfire has jumped the Salmo River toward the Shambhala Music Festival and is also moving in an easterly direction towards the community of Nelway.

“The fire is now approximately 250 hectares in size and is behaving...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 10 2017

There are currently 46 wildfires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre, according to Fire Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy.

That brings the number of fires-to-date in the centre to 238 blazes burning approximately 13,138 hectares. Of those, 176 were lightning caused, and the rest were human caused. This, compared to the five-year average of 232 fires burning 4,074 hectares.

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 10 2017

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...

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