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UPDATED: Evacuation alert for Grand Forks/Christina Lake area lifted

Heavy smoke from US wildfires has made for some stunning local photographs, like this one by Castlegar Photography's Stefanie Harron.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has lifted the Evacuation Alert for areas of Electoral Area D south of the Kettle River, Industrial/Ruckle area of the City of Grand Forks, and the Cascade/Ponderosa area of Christina Lake/Electoral Area C.

For the most up to date information visit rdkb.com or follow @AlanLStanley on Twitter.

Island cop injured, police cars destroyed by suspect armed with SUV

Island cop injured, police cars destroyed by suspect armed with SUV

Salt Spring Island - Shortly after 12 a.m. on Aug. 29th, officers with the Salt Spring Island RCMP were conducting an impaired driving checkpoint in the 100 Block of Upper Ganges Road, when a man driving a Chevrolet Blazer attempted to avoid the checkpoint, nearly striking an officer who was on foot.

On again, off again smoky skies advisory back off again says Environment Canada

Smoke during the past week definitely slowed the traffic of sunbathers to Lakeside Park beach. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Rain has reduced the smoke in the West Kootenay/Boundary region to allow Environment Canada to halt the smoky skies advisory Monday afternoon.

On again, off again smoky skies advisory back on again says Environment Canada

Environment Canada has re-issued the smoky skies advisory for Boundary and Kootenay areas as of Monday.

The advisory includes the entire Okanagan Valley, north and South Thompson, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Nicola and Shuswap.

SE Fire Centre asks hunters to stay away from wildfire areas; provides regional fire update

The 1,700 hectare fire 25 kilometres north of Grand Forks in the Lynch creek area is 15% contained. — Photo courtesy BC Wilfire Service

The volatility of the wildfire season has prompted the Southeast Fire Centre to ask hunters to stay away from areas with active wildfires.

"Hunting season begins on Sept. 1, and hunting in the vicinity of a wildfire could put the safety of firefighters at risk," the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release.

The Southeast Fire Centre has 74 active wildfires burning through the region. While the major fires of note are listed below, for details on the locations of smaller wildfires please visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

FortisBC restores power to residents impacted by wildfire near Rock Creek

Downed lines from the West of Rock Creek wildfire have now been restored by FortisBC crews. — Photo courtesy FortisBC

In a media release Friday, FortisBC said the company has now restored permanent power to residents impacted by the Rock Creek fire and is working proactively to address potential fire impacts in the areas of Grand Forks and Christina Lake.
 
"FortisBC completed the rebuilding of the fire-damaged 10-kilometer main line between Rock Creek and Westbridge on August 22, one week ahead of schedule," said Nicole Bogdanovic Corporate Communications Advisor.

New season starts for Trail sea cadets

New season starts for Trail sea cadets

September 15 brings the start of the Sea Cadet Training Year for the 131 Kootenay Royal Canadian Sea Cadet (RCSCC) Corps in Trail. The cadets and their staff would like to invite the public to participate in their “Open Ship” night, to be held at the Trail Armoury – 1990 7th Ave., Trail – from 5 to 8 p.m.

Wildfire Update for Friday, Aug. 28

Smoky skies are making for compelling photos, like this one by Castlegar Photography's Stefanie Harron.

Lynch Creek:

·         This fire is located 25km north of Grand Forks and is approximately 250ha and 15% contained.

·         Today, crews are working on containment of the south and west flanks.

RDCK fire fighters pitch in at Christina Lake in case Stickpin fire causes local starts

RDCK fire fighters pitch in at Christina Lake in case Stickpin fire causes local starts

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary structural protection crews have been supplemented with additional resources from our resource partners in the Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue.

Fourteen firefighters brought four fire engines and two tenders to the Christina Lake staging area.

Early kokanee returns look good in spite of warmer than normal water temperature

The count was 1300 fish in the Kokanee creek Wednesday. — Suzy Hamilton file photo, The Nelson Daily

Things are looking good for the West Kootenay Eco Society’s annual Redfish Festival taking place on Sunday, August 30, at Kokanee Park despite worries about warmer than normal water temperatures affecting the numbers of Kokanee Salmon returning to the West Arm to spawn.

The Redfish Festival is the fourth of its kind put on by the West Kootenay Eco Society and will feature live music, tasty treats from local food vendors and guided tours of the channel.

Cyclist/hikers using trails in active wildfires endangering themselves and firefighters

Cyclist/hikers using trails in active wildfires endangering themselves and firefighters

Area residents are being asked to be more cognizant of wildfire danger, as continued use of the Seven Summits Trail near Rossland is creating a potentially very serious safety issue.

“We’re getting reports today (Thursday) that there are still cyclists using the trail,” said Southeast Fire Centre information officer Karlie Shaughnessy. “We are asking cyclists and even hikers not to use the trail, as it goes through an active wildfire and presents a danger to them and to our firefighters.”

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