The BC Wildfire Service continues to assess and respond to the increased fire behaviour on several fires in the Southeast Fire Centre (SEFC).
In a media release Wednesday, the BC Wildfire Service said as the forecast remains warm and dry, existing fires in the Kootenay Lake Zone have become more visible to surrounding communities.
Here is a closer look at some of the fires still of concern in the Southeast Fire Centre.
Fry Creek Wildfire
The city sits amidst unprecedented times when it comes to development.
Almost $43 million in estimated value permits have been issued to-date — nearly twice 2021’s mark — on 17 permits. The pace last year was considered a boom year but 2022 has easily eclipsed it, said city manager Kevin Cormack.
“We have never seen this,” he said. “We are in an extremely busy construction and development period and we have some very large projects coming up, some of the largest that the city has ever seen.”
No matter what the weather is today, fall’s arrival signals the approach of B.C.’s most dangerous driving season.
The flip of the calendar page also brings the requirement for winter tires on most provincial highways starting on October 1.
The risk of crashing increases significantly in winter. The average number of casualty crashes due to driving too fast for the conditions more than doubles from fall to early winter, according to police statistics.
Creston RCMP said in a media release that failed brakes was likely the cause of a cement truck accident earlier this month at the Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal near Crawford Bay.
“Creston RCMP was called to a commercial vehicle collision at the Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal,” the media release said of the September 13th, 2022, accident.
“The commercial vehicle’s brakes failed, and it crashed at the bottom of hill at the terminal."
As forest fires continue to burn in the region more projects for adapting to climate change have been announced by the province.
The BC Community Forest Association is co-ordinating with Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction (CLWRR) for four projects in the West Kootenay, it was announced Friday, part of the ongoing work to increase wildfire resiliency for communities and critical infrastructure.
The biggest wildfire threat for Nelson will come from its western edge, but right now the city is powerless to protect itself from that occurrence, says Nelson’s mayor.
John Dooley said it has been known for years that an untreated path through the forest comprises the most dire threat to the city when it comes to wildfire interface fires.
“We know, from conversations with the BC Wildfire Service, that the threat to Nelson will be coming in from the west, through Blewett,” he said.
The first public forum in Nelson since before the pandemic began has been announced.
For the first time in over three years people can gather and form opinions — in person — on the next list of hopefuls for city council and the mayor’s seat.
On Wednesday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m., Nelson United Church) local groups “concerned with planetary health” have come together to stage a Nelson all-candidates’ forum on the future of the climate and environmental action in the city.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, Trail and Greater District RCMP, Provincial General Investigation Section, Forensic Identification Unit, and E Division Explosive Device Unit completed the examination of the blast scene at the residence in the 200 block of 8 Avenue, in Montrose, BC.
The investigation discovered that a piece of metal from the explosion traveled a significant distance from the scene and passed through the corner of a residence in the neighbourhood. It missed the homeowner by a narrow margin.
It may be a little early to be thinking about a snow day with forest fires still burning in the region, but the arrival of the white stuff was on the minds of the city recently, as it tried to predict the season to come.
With snow removal costs doubling in the early part of this year — from January to March at $740,000 compared to $370,000 in the same period in 2021 — after “Snowmagedon,” the city has opted to bump the snow removal budget up for the remaining part of 2022.
Construction has begun on the new and expanded Glenmerry Elementary, improving services for students, families and staff.