The Regional District of Central Kootenay is reducing the Evacuation Order in the McCormick Creek wildfire area to an Evacuation Alert, commencing Tuesday (August 22) at 6 p.m.
The decision comes after close consultation between the RDCK and BC Wildfire Service.
“Residents will be allowed to return to their homes at 6 p.m. (Tuesday),” the RDCK Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release Monday.
“Structural Protection Unit crews need unimpeded access to properties to safely remove their equipment from the area.”
A motorcyclist is lucky to be alive today after hitting a moose on Hwy 3 just east of Castlegar, according to Ootischenia Deputy Fire chief Len Coates.
Coates said the call came in at 12:29 p.m., and crews arrived on scene to find BCAS and RCMP already at work.
“The motorcyclist hit a moose and went over a 60-foot embankment on his motorcycle,” Coates said. “The other motorcyclist (the brother of the first) swerved and dumped his bike, then walked down the bank to help his brother.
You’re invited to Toadfest on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017between 4 and 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 30, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.at Summit Lake Provincial Park, near Nakusp.
This free, fun, family event, coordinated by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), primarily raises awareness about the Western Toad, including its life cycle, habitat, and the challenges it faces.
It’s also about sharing Information about other flora and fauna found locally.
The new Glade ferry has hit some stormy waters even before it’s put together.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay’s board of directors says it will allow the new ferry to be assembled in a park in the tiny Kootenay River community — after certain conditions are met.
But meeting those conditions may mean months of delay in the ferry’s final construction.
The ferry, one of four ships being built piece-by-piece in Nakusp to modernize the inland transportation system, is ready for final assembly in Glade.
An offer is on the table to sell one of the region's largest private companies and employers later in the fall as Pacific Insight's board of directors and officers have agreed to sell to a multi-national corporation.
On Aug. 1 Pacific Insight Electronics Corp. entered into a definitive agreement with Methode Electronics Inc. to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Nelson company in an all-cash transaction for $144 million CAD.
In a press release today, the City of Castlegar announced big news for people travelling via the West Kootenay Regional Airport (WKRA).
Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, city council and representatives from the Regional District of Central Kootenay, area municipal councils and local business representatives met yesterday to receive a report that outlines possible improvements to the regional airport’s landing and departure navigation system.
The BC SPCA is applauding the provincial government’s move to end British Columbia’s grizzly bear trophy hunt. Announced Monday by Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson and in a B.C. government release, the ban will take effect on Nov. 30 throughout British Columbia, after this year’s season.
We’ve all seen the bomber planes and the bucketing helicopters overhead, and most of us have seen photographs in social media of ground crews working during what continues to be a State of Emergency due to wildfires in B.C.
What some people may not realize, however, is how many unsung heroes are going above and beyond the call to protect residents and support BC Wildfire Service crews during a trying and very dangerous time – including local police officers and fire departments.
The BC Wildfire Service is reporting a bit of good news with regards to the Kokanee Creek fire as the blaze did not register any “significant growth overnight.”
The wildfire that was sparked by lightning Saturday afternoon quickly increased to an estimated 70 hectares.
However, BC Wildfire Service said the fire remains zero percent contained as 21 firefighters with the assistance of one helicopter work some steep, difficult terrain to get the blaze under control.
Three people have been sent to hospital with serious injuries after a car accident Saturday, according to Castlegar Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.
The accident involved one vehicle with three people inside. The vehicle rolled over near Rialto Creek forest service road, about nine kms off Broadwater Road in Robson, late Saturday afternoon.
Robson and Castlegar Fire Departments attended, and two people were sent to hospital via ground ambulance, while one was airlifted to hospital via helicopter.
The cause of the crash is being investigated by RCMP.