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BC Wildfire Service said between July 19 and Aug. 19, 2018, there were 324 new wildfire starts in the Southeast Fire Centre, 90% of which were caused by lightning.

A wildfire was discovered yesterday six km northwest of Genelle and about seven km west of Blueberry, according to Fire Information Officer Ashley Davidoff.

“It’s roughly 22 hectares in size,” Davidoff said, adding the blaze is believed to be lightning-caused.

Even a little . . . okay, a lot of smoke could not dampen the spirits of the annual MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge.

Participants braved smoky conditions Saturday to complete at least one leg of the long-distance ride to raise funds to find a cure to the disease.

Marwest and the City of Castlegar are advising the public that the second phase of the Columbia Avenue Complete Streets Project is commencing this week. The newly affected area is between 15Street and 17 Street on Columbia Avenue.

Regional News


·         There are currently more than 151 fires burning within the Southeast Fire Centre.

·         Evacuation alert rescinded for 22 addresses near the Toronto Creek Fire as that fire is now under control.

·         58 addresses remain on Evacuation Alert in the RDKB in two areas near the Santa Rosa and Lynch Creek fires. 

Rossland’s Flying Steamshovel often hosts musicians who perform in larger centres on their tours.  One example is the East Pointers, a JUNO-award-winning, Celtic-inspired Canadian trio who will play at the Shovel in October.  They’re beginning their fall tour in a few places south of the border, such as Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Muncie, Indiana, then returning to Canada to

To help people affected by the wildfires that are burning around B.C., the Province of British Columbia will match all donations to the Red Cross, up to $20 million.

“The Red Cross is on the ground, helping people and communities affected by the wildfires burning around the province,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “The Province is supporting...