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by Province of British Columbia on Thursday Jul 29 2021

Premier John Horgan is inviting all British Columbians to join him in saluting front-line workers during the ongoing pandemic, as well as those battling wildfires, with a public cheer on B.C. Day.

“There are so many people in this province who continue day in and day out to help, protect and support others,” said Premier Horgan. “They are the heart of British Columbia, and they should...

by RDKB on Thursday Jul 29 2021

On the advice of the BC Wildfire Service, emergency officials at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) have rescinded evacuation orders for 91 properties in the Sidley and Bridesville areas of Electoral Area E/West Boundary and placed those properties on evacuation alert.

This change leaves 157 properties on evacuation order and 283 properties on evacuation alert due to the...

by Contributor on Thursday Jul 29 2021

Extraordinarily high demand for emergency services has led to longer wait times on police non-emergency lines answered by E-Comm, as call takers prioritize a record-breaking number of 9-1-1 calls from people in life or death situations.

A number of major incidents across the province, from gang-related shootings and the ongoing...

by Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Jul 28 2021

The surge in new COVID-19 cases in the Okanagan has prompted new restrictions as Interior Health (IH) looks to get a handle on the recent outbreak in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health said in a media release Wednesday that significant increases in COVID-19 transmission has forced the announcement of measures to contain the outbreak.

The Central Okanagan, according to the...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jul 27 2021

The BC Wildfire Service has increased the area of the Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the 4,389 hectare Trozzo Creek and Mt Ruppel wildfires near Winlaw and Slocan, respectively.

The increased area restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities are taking place and to avoid interference with fire control.

by Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Jul 27 2021

Municipalities throughout the province can now move more quickly to prevent plastics from polluting their communities.

Under new rules, local governments can institute bans on plastic bags and certain single-use plastics without provincial approval.

“Communities across B.C. have made it clear they want to be environmental leaders by taking steps to ban single-use plastics,” said...

by Castlegar Source on Tuesday Jul 27 2021

Fire investigators are probing the circumstances surrounding a handful of wildfires sparked just north of Salmo.

On July 24, the Salmo RCMP and the Salmo Fire Department responded alongside one another to as many as four brush fires located north west of the Hwy 3 and Hwy 6 intersection. Police believe that all four fires were human caused and have reason to believe that they may have...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jul 27 2021

In order to contain and diminish the wildfire burning northeast of Winlaw another fire will be set.

The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) will be setting a 50-hectare ignition fire to remove unburned fuel in the path of the Trozzo Creek wildfire, the Southeast Fire Centre announced in a communication Tuesday morning.

The fire will be set at the five km. mark on the Trozzo Forest Service...

by Nature Conservancy of Canada on Tuesday Jul 27 2021

By Richard Klafki, Canadian Rockies Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada

This summer British Columbians are witnessing an unprecedented wildfire season.

Already, as of late July, we have had over 1,200 wildfires burning on lands and in communities across the province. Smoke-filled skies remind even those far from active fires that for many, the...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jul 27 2021

The worst air quality in the nation is available by the lungful in Castlegar and Nelson, according to an international air quality technology company.

The Swiss-based IQAir ( has positioned Castlegar (272) and Nelson (241) at the top of their real-time most polluted city ranking for Canada due to the degree of...


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