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Cause of grass fire Sunday in Nelson remains under investigation

Nelson Police monitor traffic in the 200 block of Lakeside Drive as Nelson Fire & Rescue firefighters deal with a grass fire. — The Nelson Daily photo

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said the cause of grass fire Sunday afternoon on Lakeside Drive near the Nelson Airport remains under investigation.

In a media release, Nelson Fire & Rescue said firefighters responded to numerous 911 calls shortly after 3 p.m. reporting a spreading fire in the grass in the 200 block of Lakeside Drive.

Nelson Fire & Rescue said both on duty members responded immediately with four additional members responding from home.

New information map shows COVID-19 case numbers for West Kootenay/Boundary

Nelson tops COVID-19 case numbers on the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map followed by Castlegar, Grand Forks, Trail and Kettle Valley. — BCCDC screenshot

The COVID-19 information most of the public in West Kootenay/Boundary wanted to hear was released Thursday by the BC Public Health Office on the BC Centre of Disease Control website.

During Thursday’s COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer, released the latest information for communities across the province.

NCC’s Big Backyard BioBlitz: Be a biologist for a week

By simply downloading the free iNaturalist app and then going out into their backyards and local green spaces to take photos, Canadians can make a meaningful contribution to conservation and our understanding of species and natural habitats. —Submitted photo

This week, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is holding a virtual event encouraging people to observe nature and learn more about habitats and species in their backyards and neighbourhoods.

NCC’s Big Backyard BioBlitz is part of the non-profit organization’s mandate to connect Canadians with nature.

By simply downloading the free iNaturalist app and then going out into their backyards and local green spaces to take photos, Canadians can make a meaningful contribution to conservation and our understanding of species and natural habitats.

Crews continue to battle Talbot Creek Wildfire

The Talbot Creek wildfire has grown to an estimated size of 323 hectares. — BC Wildfire photo

 The Talbot Creek Wildfire, which has grown to an estimated size of 323 hectares, experienced minimal growth overnight Wednesday the BC Wildfire Service website said.

“The minimal growth occurred within control lines,” BC Wildfire Service said.

“This fire continues to produce smoke and is highly visible from the Slocan Valley as well as surrounding communities.”

More than 95 firefighters are battling the blaze with the assistance of seven helicopters and 17 pieces of heavy equipment.

Op/Ed: Columbia Basin Trust Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2022

Writer Greg Utzig encourages readers to go to and complete the short survey, keeping the climate crisis as our short- and long-term priority.

By Greg Utzig, M.Sc., Nelson, BC

Like many people in the Columbia Basin, I recently received an invitation to comment on the Columbia Basin Trust’s Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2022. As a long-time resident and a scientist who’s worked on climate change-related projects in the Basin, some funded by CBT, I was stunned by what I read. And by what I didn’t read.

Province, School Districts release detailed plans support safe return to classroom

Rob Fleming, Minister of Education said with these plans parents can feel confident about sending their children back to school. — Submitted photo

The Ministry of Education outlined its back to school plans for K-12 families are now posted for all 60 school districts, allowing parents and families can prepare to support their children for a safe return to the classroom.

Deadline nears for Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society fundraising drive

Tom Atkins of Nelson and District Credit Union (far left) presents members of the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society with a cheque for $10,000 to assist with the purchase of 49 hectares above Cottonwood Lake. — Submitted photo

The hours and minutes are winding down for the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society’s goal of raising $180,000 by August 31, 2020 to be put toward purchasing 49 hectares of land slated to be logged lands directly above Cottonwood Lake, located south of Nelson.

The $180,000 was a figure goal set to begin negotiations with landowner the land purchase.

However, there is still have work to do as the CLPS remains approximately $80,000 short.

Province moves to Phase 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines

Under the new Return to Sport guidelines, sports groups will be able to engage in additional training opportunities; modified games and matches; and league play and competitions within sport cohorts. — The Nelson Daily photo

Athletes throughout British Columbia will be able to engage in more organized sport activities and some competitive play as the Province moves to Phase 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines.

“I know athletes and their families have been missing the joy of competition these past few months,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

BC Wildfire crews continue to battle Talbot Creek Fire

The Talbot Creek fire, seen from Highway 6, currently has 73 firefighters on the ground battling the blaze supported by eight helicopters and 20 pieces of heavy equipment. — The Nelson Daily photo

The BC Wildfire Service said on its website that crews continue to battle the Talbot Creek located near Winlaw in the Slocan Valley.

The fire, which started by lightning on Monday, August 17, is now estimated at 265 hectares.

“Crews made good progress (Monday)in preparation for the expected wind event that began Monday afternoon, the fire exhibited no significant growth overnight,” BC  Wildfire said.

Area restriction in effect for Little Slocan area due to Talbot Creek wildfire

The BC Wildfire detailed map shows the affected area within the Little Slocan. — BC Wildfire Service

In the interest of public and responder safety, the BC Wildfire Service said an area restriction is now in effect within the Little Slocan area due to the Talbot Creek (N51250) wildfire.

The Talbot Creek wildfire, located In the Slocan Valley, approximately 3.5 km northwest of Highway 6 and about 30 km north of Nelson, is now estimated to be 188 hectares.

In a media release, the BC Wildfire Service said personnel were preparing for an anticipated wind event Monday.