Quick action by the Blewett Fire Department may have headed off a potential wildfire Tuesday evening in the 4000 Block of Blewett Road west of Nelson.
The local volunteer fire department quickly arrived on scene after receiving a call of a grass fire. The fire originated when a resident was cleaning out a burn barrel and nearby grass caught on fire.
Blewett Fire Department responded to the call with equipment to extinguish the fire which smoke could be seen from homes on the north side of the Kootenay River, in Taghum and Beasley.
Integrated Road Safety Unit and West Kootenay Traffic of the RCMP had a busy day Tuesday, issuing more than 50 tickets as police increased enforcement in and around the Nelson area.
Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit said in a media release the high number of tickets were written in relation to vehicles stopped for the driver's using cell phones while driving in the Nelson area.
Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue saved a boater today after engine problems led to an accident.
Captain Grant Tyson said they got the call at 4:59 p.m. and arrived on scene at 5:07 p.m.
“A recreational fisherman was out for an evening fish when he experienced motor trouble,” Tyson explained. “The occupant tried to row his way to shore, but the current was too strong. The boat hit the middle piling of the new bridge and is still lodged there.
“The occupant was able to swim to shore.”
There are 32 wildfires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre district as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, according to Fire Information Officer John Boivin.
He said there were seven new fires yesterday (five of which were lightning-caused) and two new blazes today. Of the 32 fires, 20 are either under control or being held.
Grand Forks RCMP is issuing a warning to the public about a driveway sealing scam circulating through the Boundary following several complaints from residents in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions.
Sgt. Jim Fenske, Detachment Commander for Grand Forks RCMP, said in media release Tuesday the complaints involve three men believed to be from the United Kingdom.
Cpl Dan Moskaluk said in a media release Friday, a team of RCMP investigators are continuing their investigation into last Saturday’s interface fire which occurred in the Okanagan Centre Rd area of Lake Country.
Moskaluk said a dedicated tip line has been set up to encourage anyone with information to contact police.
“At this time we are treating this fire as suspicious and believe it to be human caused," Moskaluk said.
Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to two brush fires in the Champion Lakes area within minutes of each other, according to Captain Grant Tyson.
The call came in at 2:28 p.m. and the incidents were under control by 3 p.m.
“They had it out in short order,” Tyson. “We sent a lot of resources. It's not getting any better out there, so we're on top of things.”
Twelve firefighters responded from Warfield, Montrose, Trail and Fruitvale.
Currently in the Southeast Fire District, there are 21 fires actively burning, according to Fire Information Officer John Boivin, all but nine of which are being held or under control (those that are not are way up into the mountains and/or very small).
The closest are two near Hoder Creek in the Slocan (the first is one hectare and is under control, the second is nine hectares and is being held) and one spot fire by Little Slocan Lake (again, under control).
None are threatening communities or structures.
The Seventh Annual Kootenay Festival is set to wow the crowds this Saturday at Millennium Park, and is expected to draw upwards of 2,500 celebrants.
“About 2,500 people came last year, and we’re expecting more this year,” said Audrey Maxwell-Polovnikoff of the Castlegar and District Recreation Department. “We have close to 50 vendors, and performers from across the Kootenays.”
The one-day event, running from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
On Friday, June 30, the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued an advisory that essentially banned credit unions from using the term “banking” to describe the services they offer Canadians. Their advisory takes a strict interpretation of the Bank Act, and based on this interpretation, the federal government could lay criminal charges against any credit union that uses the term “bank,” “banker,” or “banking”.