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By RDKB on Saturday Jul 17 2021

Christina Lake Fire Rescue is helping Christina Lake residents protect their homes and prepare for wildfire through an innovative sprinkler program.  

For a $200 investment, homeowners can have fire personnel install and test the WASP sprinkler, a gutter-mounted sprinkler system designed to fit any house.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Jul 17 2021

The Southeast Fire Centre (SEFC) said the region is experiencing unprecedented hot and dry conditions, and combined with below-average spring precipitation, has produced a record number of fire starts in 2021.

Southeast Fire Centre said the reduced precipitation and above seasonal temperatures accelerated the drying of forest fuels at a rate not previously observed, making them highly susceptible to ignition.

The Southeast Fire Centre said the region along with the rest of British Columbia continues to experience unusual weather patterns for this time of year.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Jul 14 2021

The Nelson Road Kings executive has decided to go ahead with planning to host a 2021 edition of the Queen City Show’n Shine car show.

“Just to let you know, we plan to have a car show on September 10th & 11th,” Nelson Road Kings president Marcello Piro told The Nelson Daily.

Following an executive meeting this week, organizers decided to start the planning process for 2021 show, that tradionally hosts hundreds of entrants from across Western Canada and parts of the United States the second weekend of September.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Jul 14 2021

Crews have been busy during the spring working on the Kootenay Lake Ferry Service Improvement project that will see upgrades to the Balfour and Kootenay Lake Terminals as well as the replacement of the M.V. Balfour with a new 55-car vessel in 2023.

In its July 2021 update, the Kootenay Lake Ferry Service Improvements Project Team released new information about the vessel assembly yard in Nelson and terminal improvements.

By Regional District of Central Kootenay on Tuesday Jul 13 2021

 The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is asking for the public’s help in the retrieval of stolen fire fighting equipment from the Merry Creek wildfire site. On the morning of Sunday, July 11, while performing fire perimeter checks, crews became aware of critical emergency fire fighting suppression equipment that had be stolen. The theft occurred sometime between Saturday, July 10 at 7:00 pm and the early morning of Sunday, July 11.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Sunday Jul 11 2021

BC Wildfire Service said in a media release Sunday that staff were forced to temporarily halt air operations on the Kimbol Lake wildfire near Nakusp on Saturday, July 10, 2021, due to people operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or “drones”) above the fire.

The BC Wildfire Service said this situation resulted in a helicopter being grounded on Saturday.

However, the airspace around the 10 hectare Kimbol Lake fire, located northeast of Nakusp, is once again clear for firefighting aircraft to operate Sunday the BC Wildfire Service said.

By John Boivin Local Journalism Initiative on Sunday Jul 11 2021

An outfitter looking to get a 30-year tenure for a backcountry ski and hiking operation got a rough ride at the RDCK’s Rural Affairs Committee meeting June 16.

Fresh Adventures wants to run tours in the land immediately south of Kokanee Creek Provincial Park – the 9,600-hectare tenure area is in Areas E, F, and H. They are proposing to offer guided ski touring trips in the winter, from December to mid-April, and guided hiking trips from June to October. They expect about 400 people a year could be taken on the week-long backcountry trips.

By Kyra Hoggan on Sunday Jul 11 2021

A wildfire just off Hwy 3 near the Bombi summit has grown from eight hectares to 35 hectares overnight, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Jul 07 2021

It’s the worst possible news for a region of the province plagued by a lack of precipitation for most of the year.

Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Kootenay Lake and the West and East Kootenay regions.

“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain,” the Environment Canada website said.

“(The) Main threats (include) pea to nickel size hail, wind gusts of 70 km/h, localized heavy downpours of 10-20 mm.

By Contributor on Tuesday Jul 06 2021

Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Jason Boisvenue, 37, has come a long way since going to Grand Forks Secondary School.

He is currently deployed in the Canadian warship Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary and played a key role as one of the ship’s boarding team leaders on the recently finished Operation (Op) ARTEMIS, a successful counterterrorism and maritime security mission in the Middle East.

On Op ARTEMIS, PO2 Boisvenue was with the ship’s organic boarding party, callsign ‘Alpha Wave’*.