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by Contributor on Saturday Aug 12 2017

Shambhala orghanizers sent out the following release in an email Saturday afternoon:

Due to the McCormick Creek wildlife and after consulting with the local government Shambhala Music Festival Ltd. has decided to issue an early closure this year. While there is no immediate threat to the festival or its attendees, we believe it to be in everyone’s best interest to allow adequate time to...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Aug 12 2017

In a media release late Friday, the Southeast Fire Centre said effective immediately, the BC Wildfire Service is restricting boat access on the Pend D'Oreille River due to boaters interfering with firefighting aircraft.

As well, public access is restricted along the Pend D'Oreille Road from the Seven Mile Dam at Waneta - east to the international border.

"These restrictions will...

by Contributor on Friday Aug 11 2017

In a media release Friday afternoon, the Southeast Fire Centre reports personnel have been responding to 43 active wildfires throughout East and West Kootenays.

These fires include the following:

West Kootenay region

  • As of the afternoon of Aug. 11, the 100-hectare wildfire in the McCormick Creek area (20 kilometres southwest of Salmo) had 37...
by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Aug 11 2017

In a media release Saturday morning, the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centrel reports that BC Wildfire said the McCormick Creek wildfire has jumped the Salmo River toward the Shambhala Music Festival and is also moving in an easterly direction towards the community of Nelway.

“The fire is now approximately 250 hectares in size and is behaving...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 10 2017

There are currently 46 wildfires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre, according to Fire Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy.

That brings the number of fires-to-date in the centre to 238 blazes burning approximately 13,138 hectares. Of those, 176 were lightning caused, and the rest were human caused. This, compared to the five-year average of 232 fires burning 4,074 hectares.

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 10 2017

The Shambhala Music Festival issued a statement on its website to its guests and public of an evacuation alert near the festival grounds due to the McCormick Creek wildfire 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo.

“In the interest of public safety, we would like to inform our guests and the...

by Bob Hall on Thursday Aug 10 2017

With an eye on returning a league championship to the West Kootenay, the Selkirk College Saints now have roadmap of what it will take to come out on top in the upcoming 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

The Saints released a schedule this week that includes six exhibition and 25 regular season games. The action gets underway on the September 15 and...

by Trail Champion on Thursday Aug 10 2017

The Village of Salmo has established a satellite Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) as a precautionary measure to monitor, collaborate and communicate with emergency management stakeholders related to the McCormick Creek wildfire currently located 20 kms outside of the Village limits.

This morning the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) EOC issued an “...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 10 2017

Today’s the big day, where you can blow that diet and enjoy a cooling and delicious Blizzard at Dairy Queen – guilt free! It’s Miracle Treat Day, which means all the net proceeds from Blizzards sold in B.C. Dairy Queens today will go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital (and in other provinces, to support their own local Children’s Miracle Network hospital) .

Owner of Castlegar DQ Tim Kenna...

by Trail Champion on Thursday Aug 10 2017

Ed note: BC Wildfire Services says there are 126 wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares in British Columbia as of midnight Wednesday .

The Southeast Fire Centre has issued a release saying a 75-hectare wildfire that's burning about 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo and south of the Salmo River has prompted the Regional District of Central Kootenay to issue an evacuation alert for...

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