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FortisBC restores power to residents impacted by wildfire near Rock Creek

Downed lines from the West of Rock Creek wildfire have now been restored by FortisBC crews. — Photo courtesy FortisBC

In a media release Friday, FortisBC said the company has now restored permanent power to residents impacted by the Rock Creek fire and is working proactively to address potential fire impacts in the areas of Grand Forks and Christina Lake.
 
"FortisBC completed the rebuilding of the fire-damaged 10-kilometer main line between Rock Creek and Westbridge on August 22, one week ahead of schedule," said Nicole Bogdanovic Corporate Communications Advisor.

New season starts for Trail sea cadets

New season starts for Trail sea cadets

September 15 brings the start of the Sea Cadet Training Year for the 131 Kootenay Royal Canadian Sea Cadet (RCSCC) Corps in Trail. The cadets and their staff would like to invite the public to participate in their “Open Ship” night, to be held at the Trail Armoury – 1990 7th Ave., Trail – from 5 to 8 p.m.

Wildfire Update for Friday, Aug. 28

Smoky skies are making for compelling photos, like this one by Castlegar Photography's Stefanie Harron.

Lynch Creek:

·         This fire is located 25km north of Grand Forks and is approximately 250ha and 15% contained.

·         Today, crews are working on containment of the south and west flanks.

RDCK fire fighters pitch in at Christina Lake in case Stickpin fire causes local starts

RDCK fire fighters pitch in at Christina Lake in case Stickpin fire causes local starts

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary structural protection crews have been supplemented with additional resources from our resource partners in the Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue.

Fourteen firefighters brought four fire engines and two tenders to the Christina Lake staging area.

Early kokanee returns look good in spite of warmer than normal water temperature

The count was 1300 fish in the Kokanee creek Wednesday. — Suzy Hamilton file photo, The Nelson Daily

Things are looking good for the West Kootenay Eco Society’s annual Redfish Festival taking place on Sunday, August 30, at Kokanee Park despite worries about warmer than normal water temperatures affecting the numbers of Kokanee Salmon returning to the West Arm to spawn.

The Redfish Festival is the fourth of its kind put on by the West Kootenay Eco Society and will feature live music, tasty treats from local food vendors and guided tours of the channel.

Cyclist/hikers using trails in active wildfires endangering themselves and firefighters

Cyclist/hikers using trails in active wildfires endangering themselves and firefighters

Area residents are being asked to be more cognizant of wildfire danger, as continued use of the Seven Summits Trail near Rossland is creating a potentially very serious safety issue.

“We’re getting reports today (Thursday) that there are still cyclists using the trail,” said Southeast Fire Centre information officer Karlie Shaughnessy. “We are asking cyclists and even hikers not to use the trail, as it goes through an active wildfire and presents a danger to them and to our firefighters.”

Thursday wildfire update from EOC

Thursday wildfire update from EOC

Wildfire Update for August 27, 2015.

Lynch Creek:

·         This fire is located 25km north of Grand Forks and is approximately 250ha and 15% contained.

·         The BC Fire Service is working on containment of the east flank of this fire.

·         This fire is currently not threatening any structures or communities, however smoke from this fire is visible to the residents in the North Fork region.

Home Hardware Building Centre hits home run with Room to Live campaign

From left, Ron Little, NCARES’ Board Chair, Randy Horswill, Owner of Home Hardware Building Centre, Bob Marsh, Manager, Jenny Robinson, NCARES’ ED and Lisa McGeady, RTL campaign coordinator standing outside of Ward Street Place. — Submitted photo

A local business has stepped up to the plate and hit a home run with the Nelson CARES’ Room to Live campaign.

Nelson Home Hardware Building Centre is contributing the materials (i.e.: cabinets, flooring, paint) required to refurbish four rooms at Ward Street Place and providing materials at a reduced cost for several additional rooms.

The donation equates to a contribution of $15,000.

On top of that, they will also be giving the replacement windows for the whole building at cost.

Harmony Choir seeks new members for exciting year

Harmony Choir seeks new members for exciting year

Trail & District Harmony Choir welcomes new members to sing with us as we begin our 2015-2016 season on Sept. 9.

Emergency preparedness for pets

Emergency preparedness for pets

The following steps will help keep pets safe.

  • Identify your pet. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, their identification may be the only way to find them.
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