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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’*.
The heat wave continues.
Temperatures are expected to remain high this week as a summer heat wave continues to bake the West Kootenay and the southern part of the province.
Daytime highs will be climbing to the low 30’s Celsius this week and well into the following week — with highs of 35 C expected for this weekend — but with overnight lows providing some respite near 14 C.
Interior Health has evacuated residents from two Castlegar long-term care homes as a precautionary measure due to the Merry Creek Wildfire.
Sixty residents from Talarico Place and 54 residents from Castleview Care Centre have been relocated temporarily to alternate care homes within the Kootenay Boundary. Interior Health’s priority is to ensure residents are safe and receiving appropriate care and supports during this challenging time.
Talarico Place is owned and operated by Interior Health, while Castleview Care Centre is owned and operated by Chantelle Management Ltd.
Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner, has released the following statement about public safety during the heat wave in British Columbia:
Based on the recommendation from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has issued an Evacuation Alert for 1473 Meadowbrook Drive due to the Merry Creek Wildfire (N51165). Thirty-one properties will remain under an Evacuation Order.