In a media release Tuesday, The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) said all public access to its Darkwoods Conservation Area located in the mountains east of Ymir and west of Creston is closed due to a large wildfire on its southern border.
The lightning caused Blazed Creek Fire, which is burning in close proximity to Highway 3 approximately 20 kilometers northwest of Creston, has expanded to over 5,000 hectares as of Tuesday August 14, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
There was no smoke or fire as the city took its final toke on the document that will legislate the use, production and sale of cannabis in Grand Forks.
City council passed final reading of the Zoning Bylaw amendment late last month that included several points pertaining to cannabis.
However there was no discussion on the bylaw amendment when it finally passed July 23, the final stamp on a piece of legislation that had been several months in the making, including a segment of public consultation.
In a media release Monday, the Southeast Fire Centre said since (Saturday) August 11, 2018, there have been 81 new wildfire starts in the Southeast Fire Centre, 19 of which are in the Columbia Fire Zone.
The Columbia Fire Zone extends from the Alberta border in the east to the Clan William Bridge (near Three Valley Gap) in the west, and from just north of Mica Dam in the north to Pingston Creek in the south. The communities of Revelstoke, Golden, Nicholson and Field are within the Columbia Fire Zone.
RDKB Emergency Operations Centre Update
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is continuing to monitor the McArthur Creek wildfire southeast of Salmo, as well as other existing wildfires in the region. In addition, the RDCK is assessing new wildfires to ensure that people and property are protected.
Wildfire smoke is now raising havoc across most of Western Canada as Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan Wednesday.
The Southeast Fire Centre has placed area restrictions to the public due to wildfires near Revelstoke and Kokanee Glacier Park outside Silverton.
The restricted area near Silverton includes the popular hiking destination of Idaho Peak, accessed by vehicle from a foresty road near Sandon. Idaho Peak, which offers one of the best views over Slocan Lake, is a relaxing 1.5 km hike each way, with only a few steep spots.
The Boundary, West Kootenay took the brunt of Mother Nature’s heat wave Friday with a handful of communities in the region setting new records according to Environment Canada.
Castlegar, Grand Forks and Trail all shattered old records, with the Silver City checking in with the highest temperature at 41.1 C Friday.
Trail’s old record was 37.8 C, set in 1978. Records have been kept in the Silver City since 1928.
Charges are being considered after a man crashed a vehicle near the Shambhala Music Festival Thursday afternoon RCMP said in a media release.
The incident began at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday when a West Kootenay Traffic officer stopped a lone male for speeding on Highway 3 west of Salmo.
Police said the officer noticed the male was acting suspicious and while approaching the vehicle a second time, the male sped off.
The BC Wildfire Service is currently responding to three new wildfires that may interest the public in the Southeast Fire Centre — of importance to festivial goers, McArthur Creek fire near the Shambhala Music Festival.
However, in a media release Thursday, the Southeast Fire Centre said no evacuation alert is anticipated at this time.