BC Wildfire Service stepped up the attack on several lightning-caused fires in the West Kootenay Wednesday, sending in aerial assaults in an effort to halt the progress in the Southeast Fire Centre.
As many as seven fires continue to burn in the Slocan Valley near Winlaw following Monday’s thunder and lightning storm that passes through the region.
Wednesday, four ConAir Fire Boss planes could be seen from Highway 6 scooping up water from Slocan Lake before travelling back to drop 800 or so gallons of aqua on fires in the valley.
Divers with the BC RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were deployed to Logan Lake in the southern interior to assist investigators with the search and recovery of evidence related to an ongoing criminal investigation.
The remains of the missing Edmonton man, who was swept away on July 30, 2020 while attempting to rescue his family’s dog, was pulled from the Kootenay River Tuesday.
On Aug. 18, just before 12 p.m., front line RCMP officers from Kimberley and Cranbrook were called to a section of the Kootenay River, approximately six km south of the Canal Flats Bridge, where the deceased was spotted in a now shallow portion of the river.
In cooperation with BC Wildfire, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has determined the immediate threat from the Solomon Mountain Wildfire has subsided and evacuation alerts are no longer required.
Forty-four properties near Beaverdell in the West Boundary are no longer on evacuation alert. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinded all evacuation alerts at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
means no properties in the RDKB are on evacuation alert or order due to wildfire.
The attached map shows the area where this evacuation alert rescind applies.
The thunder and lightning storm that flowed over the West Kootenay Monday evening sparked up wildfires in the region, including eight in the Slocan Valley in the mountains surrounding Winlaw.
The Fairful Creek fire, the Watson Creek fire and the Talbot Creek fire, all located southwest of Winlaw, are listed as "out of control" on the BC Wildfire Interactive Map. The Talbot Creek fire is the largest at five hectares.
In an effort to revive a struggling downtown core, the Grand Forks downtown business association is offering new commercial owners six-months free rent on a two-year lease.
The program is aimed at new busineses, only.
The downtown business association is hoping to fill up some of the boarded up building in the downtown core that have left the area due to recent floods, wildfires and, of course, the recent COVID-19 global pandemic.
With the provincial government announcing the COVID-19 numbers spiking to 236 cases over the weekend in BC, Interior Health announced that three staff members at the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) in the Oliver area have tested positive for COVID-19.
Interior Health said the individuals are in isolation at home and being supported by Interior Health as we perform contact tracing to identify anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
“There is no evidence of community transmission, and we are closely monitoring the situation,” the IH media release said.
The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has assumed carriage of a homicide investigation into the death of an Enderby man.
On Aug. 11, shortly before 5 p.m., North Okanagan Rural RCMP was notified by hospital officials of a man in critical condition, after being transported to hospital for medical care earlier that morning from a property along George Street in Enderby.
A trip to the Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park ended in tragedy for an Alberta couple, on Sunday, after a woman fell into the water and sadly couldn’t be saved by onlookers.
On Aug.16, shortly after 6 p.m. (MT) Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a fatal water incident, and a water rescue underway at Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park. Police have been told that a woman was being photographed when she suddenly lost her footing, slipped and was swept away by the current of the river. An associate of the woman attempted to rescue her, he was also swept away.
Interior Health has issued a Drug Alert for Nelson, Salmo, Castlegar and Trail after after drug checking services tested several samples of "down" found to be contaminated with highly toxic levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines.
The drug description is “purple, blue, pink pebbly substance sold as down” the Interior Health release said.
Anyone with drugs that want them tested can do so at ANKORS, located at 101 Baker Street in Nelson.
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