Ongoing lightning has sparked several fires in the Southeast Fire Centre a media release Saturday said.
The good news is these fires, once which is burning approximately 14 kilometers south of Rossland, are not currently affecting any communities or structures and are being addressed in priority sequence.
“The Santa Rosa Creek fire is currently estimated at 32 hectares in size and is located about 14 kilometres south west of Rossland and approximately one kilometre north of the Canada-U.S. border,” the release said.
Environment Canada has issued a Special air quality statement for most of the southern interior of the province, including West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake, Boundary, Slocan/Arrow Lakes and East Kootenay.
"During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour," the Environment Canada website said.
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The City of Nelson is advising all Nelson Hydro customers of telephone scam making its rounds.
Customers have been complaining of fraudulent telephone calls that impersonate Nelson Hydro staff.
“These calls appear to be targeting businesses at this time and make reference to a past due accounts or a disconnect,” a release on the City of Nelson website said. “The impersonator will ask you to return a call to them at a 1-800 number or an out of province telephone number.”
The Smoky Skies Bulletin has been removed from the Boundary region said Environment Canada.
The Bulletin continues for East Columbia, Okanagan Valley and South Thompson regions.
Special air quality statement for Boundary region
Environment Canada has issued an Smoky Skies Bulletin for the Okanagan, Boundary and East Columbia regions of BC.
Environment Canada said smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility.
A Smoky Skies Bulletin is in effect for:
The Southeast Fire Centre said the small wildfire burning north of Nelson is in the "being held'' stage, and is not likely to spread.
The Southeast Fire Centre officials said the wildfire, which was human caused, is .02 hectares in size, is currently being monitored by three BC Wildfire firefighters.
When a fire is at the "being held" stage it is considered to be under control but still smouldering. Previously, this was called the "mop-up" stage.
Trail and area police and fire crews were kept busy this recently with a suspicious house fire and four vehicular fires in less than two weeks.
According to Acting Sgt. Devon Reid, a call came in yesterday at 6 a.m. for a structure fire in Fruitvale.
“No one was injured in the blaze, but the residence was completely consumed by the fire,” Reid said. “The investigation is still ongoing, however, police have determined that this was likely a targeted act of arson, and that the resident of the burnt dwelling and the suspect are known to each other.”
BC Wildfire Service staff is urging the public not to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or "drones”) in an around wildfires in the region.
Carlee Kachman, Information Officer for the BC Wildfire Service based in the Southeast Fire Centre said in media release Monday that BC Wildfire Service staff were forced to temporarily halt air operations on the Wilson Creek wildfire on Sunday (July 22) due to people operating unmanned aerial vehicles above the fire.
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A Fruitvale man was arrested Friday afternoon after police executed a search warrant, according to Trail Acting Sgt. Devon Reid.
“On July 20, at approximately 2 p.m., the Joint Crime Reduction Unit of Trail and Castlegar, along with the Trail RCMP General Duty members, executed a search warrant at a residence located on the 1600 block of Highway 3B in Fruitvale for theft of hydro electricity,” Reid said in a press release Monday.