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.
A wildfire is burning within 10 kilometers east of the Shambhala Music Festival media information on the BC Wildfire website said.
The McArthur Creek fire, discovered Sunday, July 29th, is surrounded by favourable geographic features that could act as natural fuel breaks.
“An evacuation alert has not been issued for the Shambhala Music Festival,” the BC Wildfire site said. “With favourable wind direction in the forecast, an evacuation alert is not anticipated for the music festival at this time.”
Environment Canada said a Heat Warning remains as a ridge of high pressure slowly moving eastward over the southern Interior will result in continued how weather through Friday.
When Sharon McNeill decided to return to learning at Selkirk College’s Nakusp Campus, the goal for the mother of six children was to simply finish the high school diploma that had eluded her while growing up in residential schools.
Motoring public travelling Highway 3 near Salmo will notice an increase of police due to the Shambhala Music Festival said Sgt. Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic Services.
"Members of the driving public should expect increased traffic on our local roads particularly in the Salmo area where the Shambhala Music Festival brings more than 15,000 people to the area," Badry explained.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has been busy lately, filling key staff positions to better serve the public a media release said Monday.
The RDKB has filled six positions during the pasts two months — two general managers, two managers and two unionized staff.
“We are really pleased to have found top-notch talent for all six of our vacant positions. Each of our new employees joining the RDKB team brings the exceptional skills and experience we need to achieve our goals over the coming years,” said Chief Administrative Officer Mark Andison in the media release.
Interior Health Board announced Tuesday that Susan Brown has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Oct. 29, 2018.
Brown replaces President & Chief Executive Officer Chris Mazurkewich, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire.