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By Province of British Columbia on Sunday Aug 09 2020

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a suspected human-caused wildfire, Stirton Road (N11005), near the community of Kimberley. The fire is approximately two hectares in size and is being actively actioned by initial attack and unit crews, with aerial support from air tankers, and ground support from the Kimberley fire department. 

By Trail Champion on Friday Aug 07 2020

Trail RCMP are reporting a busy August long weekend, and reminding the public that there are rules around the use of fireworks

By Trail Champion on Friday Aug 07 2020

Police are urging anyone with information about a series of arson fires to come forward.

Over the August long weekend, the Trail and Greater District RCMP and Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to a series of what they believe to be deliberately set fires in the area of Marsh Creek Road in Fruitvale, BC.

Crews responded to fires in that general area on July 31 at 5:07 p.m., on Aug. 1, at 4:45 p.m., and on Aug. 2, at 6:26 p.m.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Aug 06 2020

The Trail RCMP detachment commander is warning the public that it is unnacceptable to sell your family members online, for real or in jest.

"On Aug. 1, 2020, the Trail and Greater District RCMP received a call a local resident, with concerns after one of her family members was reportedly trying to sell her online through a social media platform for $50,000," said RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, Trail's top cop.

"Investigators spoke to the 21-year-old woman’s family member, who claimed it was only a joke and immediately removed the social media post.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 06 2020

In a media release Thursday, BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, are proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24, 2020.

Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Aug 06 2020

The Slocan Lake RCMP is asking anyone who may have witnessed a drowning in the Slocan River on the evening Aug. 5 to contact them.

On August 5, 2020 at approximately 5:40 pm, Slocan Lake RCMP responded to a complaint of a person drowning in the Slocan River, roughly 1.5 km North West of Winlaw, BC.

A 35-year old man was swimming with an acquaintance when he went under and did not resurface.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Aug 05 2020

The West Kootenay/Boundary experienced some of the warmest temperatures of the year during the latter stages of July said Jesse Ellis, Weather Forecaster at the Southeast Fire Centre.

In the monthly weather synopsis, Ellis said the last week of July was hot, but not a record-breaker.

“The hottest temperature of the month was recorded on (July) 30th at 38.3 degrees which is about 1.5 degrees short of the record set in 2003,” Ellis said.

“The mean temperature of the month — average of the highs and lows each day — was spot-on normal.”

By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Aug 04 2020

The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response.

By Interior Health Authority on Tuesday Aug 04 2020

Interior Health (IH) is opening a new COVID-19 testing and assessment centre in downtown Kelowna today, providing more access for testing to people who may have been exposed to positive cases in the community.

Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday that the temporary COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is located at Interior Health’s Community Health and Services Centre (CHSC), 505 Doyle Avenue, and open for testing during evening hours, 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., seven days per week.

By Castlegar Source on Sunday Aug 02 2020

RCMP and local search and rescue crews completed another day searching the Kootenay River after a man was swept away Thursday afternoon, while attempting to rescue his dog.

On July 30, shortly before 3:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received information that a man had been suddenly swept down river after he entered the water in an effort to rescue his dog. The man was recreating with his family near the Canal Flats area when the tragic incident unfolded.

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