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.
BC Wildfire Service said personnel are making steady progress on these wildfires, despite challenging weather conditions and heightened fire danger ratings in the region.
· 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· Evacuation alert rescinded for 22 addresses near the Toronto Creek Fire as that fire is now under control.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.
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.
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
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.
Selkirk College is recognizing the importance employers place on soft skills with Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a new program that supports invaluable post-secondary learning taking place outside the classroom.
When students return to campus this fall, they will be able to earn official co-curricular credit for participating in organized activities that help hone employable skills.
The Deer Creek wildfire (N52489) has now grown to approximately 439 hectares and is still being responded to by BC Wildfire Service. Due to wildfire activity and forecast conditions, the Southeast Fire Centre has recommended the current Evacuation Alert in the area be immediately upgraded to an Evacuation ORDER for 13 properties in the north part of the alert area as a precaution.
The Air Quality Index in Castlegar has improved to ‘unhealthy’ from yesterday’s ‘hazardous – a dramatic improvement, but that’s the least of today’s good news.
Recent announcements on air quality have stressed the hazards of breathing smoky air to children, old people, and anyone with respiratory issues such as asthma. But it’s bad for everyone, and we should all avoid it, whatever our age and level of health.
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