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by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 21 2018

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.

The event, part of the largest fundraising cycling series in North America, had to be cut short due to the smoke from...

by Rossland Telegraph on Tuesday Aug 21 2018

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...

by Contributor on Tuesday Aug 21 2018

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.

The intersection at 15 Street and Columbia Avenue will temporarily become an uncontrolled intersection as crews remove light standards, upgrade the utilities...

by Regional District of Central Kootenay on Tuesday Aug 21 2018

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...

by Contributor on Tuesday Aug 21 2018

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.

"Of these 324 wildfires, 177 have been declared...

by Castlegar Source on Tuesday Aug 21 2018

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.

Environment Canada is now calling for low temperatures and rain over the weekend, beginning Thursday night, and carrying on, potentially, through until at least Monday (see forecast here...

by Sara Golling on Monday Aug 20 2018

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.

Need convincing?  Here’s some information about wildfire smoke from the NASA website: ...

by RDKB on Monday Aug 20 2018

On the advice of the BC Wildfire Service, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has rescinded an evacuation alert for 22 addresses near the Toronto Creek Fire, on the east side of the Granby River Valley. The Toronto Creek Fire is now fully contained and guarded, and classified as under control by the BC Wildfire Service.

Those addresses no longer on evacuation alert include all...

by Kyra Hoggan on Monday Aug 20 2018

Ed. Note: I’m writing this in the first person to allow for a little bit of editorial latitude, because I found this both charming and great information to have, especially during fire season.

I posted a story about a truck fire this morning, in part applauding two civilians, Pastor Rachel McFaddin and retired Castlegar firefighter Tom Berisoff, for quick action attempting to...

by Regional District of Central Kootenay on Monday Aug 20 2018

All current Evacuation ALERTS remain in effect:

- Bulldog Mountain wildfire, affecting the area along Lower Arrow Lake from Renata to Shields
- Deer Creek wildfire, affecting the area from south of Deer Park at Cayuse Creek, northwest along the lake to the end of Broadwater Road, and north to the end of Deer Creek Forest Service Road
-...

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