By Richard Klafki, Canadian Rockies Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada
This summer British Columbians are witnessing an unprecedented wildfire season.
Already, as of late July, we have had over 1,200 wildfires burning on lands and in communities across the province. Smoke-filled skies remind even those far from active fires that for many, the summer of 2021 will not be about beach parties and barbeques, but will instead be about anxious preparation, waiting and worry.
As cases climb the West Kootenay, both in Nelson and in Castlegar, Interior Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Nelson Jubilee Manor long-term care home.
In a media release Friday, Interior Health said as of Thursday afternoon, one patient and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Nelson Jubilee Manor is long-term care home operated by Interior Health, with 39 private rooms.
Moments ago at the NHL Draft, Smoke Eater alumni Kent Johnson, made history as the highest Smoke Eater ever to be drafted into the NHL, going fifth overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Beasley Fire Department, located west of Nelson on Highway 3A, has been rocked by the theft of nearly $40,000 in fire equipment stolen from a trailer outside the fire hall late last week.
It is believed the theft of pumps, generators and chainsaws from an emergency trailer happened on or around July 16. Volunteer firefighters noticed the lock was cut on the trailer parked in the Hall lot during a check of the equipment at the Beasley Fire Hall.
Ryan Ricker is currently competing for the title of Mr. Health and Fitness 2021.The contest opened and public voting began in Mid-June with an estimated 25,600 entrants. Now only the top one percent remains. The winner will be featured in Muscle and Fitness magazine and take home $20,000 USD. Ryan pledges all the money to support mental health and well-being. Public voting will determine the winner of the competition on August 5th, 2021.
We join in your excitement as we start to feel that our lives are normal again. It has been so wonderful to hug friends, see family, host a party and watch sports in person.
People who attend Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) on Wednesday July 21 should be aware of some changes to access hospital services, as work continues to enhance care at the Trail hospital.
On July 21, an air handling unit will be installed on the roof of the new ambulatory care unit at KBRH, above the emergency department.
The work is scheduled to take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will result in several temporary changes.
The first Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP) for younger anglers is happening very soon, so kids are encouraged to get their trout heads in the game.
Kids must submit their rainbow or bull trout heads to one of four local depots by the end of July to participate in the August 1, 2021 draw.
The youth KLAIP is running for the summer. By fishing for rainbow and bull trout in the main body of Kootenay Lake, kids 15 and under are actively contributing to local conservation efforts to protect the iconic kokanee.
The BC Wildfire Service has implemented two Area Restriction Orders for the vicinity of the Dewar Creek wildfire northwest of Kimberley and Gladstone Creek wildfire north of Christina Lake.
The BC Wildfire Service said these area restrictions reflect the continued need to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities are taking place.
Each order are currently in effect, and will remain in effect until 12 noon (PDT) on September 15, 2021, or until rescinded.
With more hot and dry weather on the way this week the 27 “extreme danger” fires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre region could be on the rise, doubling as they did last week during similar conditions.
In all, there are 46 wildfires of note burning in the region, including 16 that are considered high danger, leaving only two fires at moderate danger. One fire burning near Rock Creek is very low danger.