July 2015

BC Wildlife Service places area restriction order for Sitkum Creek wildfire

The Sitkum Creek Wildfire, which can be seen from Nelson, has grown to 450 hectares. — The Nelson Daily photo

While the Sitkum Creek Wildfire continues to grow — now estimated at 450 hectares — the BC Wildlife Service is placing a public access restriction for areas around the interface fire that takes place immediately.

The bans will remain in force until the public is otherwise notified for the wildfire that is now 20 percent contained.

"This restriction is being put in place to protect the safety of the public and firefighting personnel," said a BC Wildlife Service media release.

City moves closer to creating biomass plant

A biomass plant building in Enderby. — Nelson Hydro report illustration.

The city is poised on the threshold of yet another pioneering effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community.

Utilizing biomass from locally collected wood waste, the city’s electrical utility is investigating a low carbon alternative to heating with natural gas, and fleshing out a plausible business case for constructing a plant to produce it for distribution in the downtown core.

Health Minister's idea isn't flying so well

Health Minister Terry Lake . . . public doesn't buy the idea that the government actually wants to get to the bottom of this scandal.

Health minister Terry Lake may not have clued into it yet, but that idea to ask the Office of the B.C. Ombudsperson to investigate the 2012 health ministry firings isn't flying so well.

Might have flown eons ago – had it been the very first inquiry – but not when it risks simply being the latest inquiry.

It's a political bind of the government's own making. Whatever moral authority they thought they had to set the investigatory framework on their own again was lost three or four investigations back.

Nelson Selects grab win in U15 Division on opening day of Provincial B Cup

Nelson Selects midfielder Reece Hunt (blue) keeps her eye on the ball during opening day action in the U14 Girl's Division Thursday at the Lakeside Pitch. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

It was a mixed bag for Nelson Selects teams at BC Soccer Provincial B Cup Tournament action.

In Nelson, the U15s were the only squad to taste victory as the Selects edged North Shore 1-0 in opening day action at the Lakeside Fields.

In other action Thursday in Nelson, Selects lost 4-1 to Kelowna in the U13 Division while the U14s failed to score in a 3-0 decision to Kelowna.

In action Thursday in Penticton, the U15s droped a 1-0 decision to Burnaby while the U18's, which won the bronze medal a year ago, thumped Columbia Valley Titans 4-1.

Suspect Arrested in Serious Assault of Elderly Man

Suspect Arrested in Serious Assault of Elderly Man

A 23-year-old man is to appear in court September after Williams Lake RCMP attended to a serious assault of an elderly man found ying on the road bleeding profusely from his face.

The 70-year-old was found by police Wednesday (July 8) lying on the road.

Following a media release Thursday (July 9), RCMP received several tips regarding the incident.

These tips left to the arrest of a Williams Lake man.

City of Nelson ushers in WATER RESTRICTIONS

The City of Nelson is asking residents to conserve water as the hot, dry summer continues.

An increase of 35 percent more water usage in the summer of 2015 by residents has forced the City of Nelson managers to take drastic actions by implementing water restrictions effective, Friday, July 10, 2015.

"Residents have used 35 percent more water this year than last year at this time," said a City of Nelson media release.

"So far, the summer of 2015 is recording the highest level of water use in recent years."

BC Wildfire Service announces burn out operations planned for the Sitkum Creek Wildfire

There's going to be a lot more smoke in the air when the BC Wildfire Service begins its proactive burn out operations to help contain the Sitkum Creek Wildfire. — The Nelson Daily photo

The BC Wildfire Service is advising the residents living around Nelson of an increase of smoke surrounding the Sitkum Creek Wildfire as a result of proactive burn out operations.

The BC Wildfire Service advised the public in a media release.

"The wildfire is located in very steep and dangerous terrain and this burn out is necessary to limit the potential growth and direction of the fire," said Noelle Kekula, Fire Information Officer for the Southeast Fire Centre.

Mental Health related calls continue to keep NPD staff busy

Mental Health related calls continue to keep NPD staff busy

Ministry comments on Puntzi Lake aircraft incident

One of the Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss amphibious airtanker planes that help fight the Sitkum Creek wildfire last week near Nelson went down on the Punzti Lake wildfire in the Cariboo Fire Centre Friday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson issued the following statement in response to a July 10 incident involving a firefighting aircraft working on the Puntzi Lake wildfire:

“On the afternoon of July 10, 2015, an Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss amphibious airtanker working on the Punzti Lake wildfire in the Cariboo Fire Centre went down in Puntzi Lake.

UPDATED: Lightning caused Mount Aylwin wildfire near Silverton new hotspot for Southeast Fire Centre

 A photo from a plane of the Sitkum Creek Wildfire taken by Southeast Fire Centre crews shows the fire in its earlier state. — Photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

The BC Wildfire Service is working hard to contain the Mount Aylwin wildfire, located two kilometres south of Silverton and east of Highway 6.

The lightning caused interface wildfire, near the base of Mount Aylwin, was discovered Friday (July 10).

Currently there are 20 firefighters on the ground battling the blaze with the assistances of two helicopters and multiple air tanker groups.