Fishing closures part of comprehensive drought response

Fishing closures part of comprehensive drought response

Responding to dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 4 drought rating for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and taken the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.

At Level 4, conditions are extremely dry. Further declines in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, industry such as agriculture, wildlife, and fish stocks.

Artwalk 2015 kicks off season with opening night Friday in Nelson

Baker Street in Nelson was the opening for Nelson Artwalk 2015 Friday.

The Nelson and District Arts Council kicked off Artwalk 2015 Friday in Nelson with its grand opening.

The 400 Block of Baker Street was blocked off as the NDAC began two months of showcasing some of the best artists in the Heritage City.

Art from 25 artists was on display at 17 venues in the Nelson, including John Ward Coffee shop, Torchlight Brewing and Finley's Bar and Grill and Kolmel Jewelers.

UPDATED: Southeast Fire Centre says Sitkum Creek wildfire now estimated 300 hectares

The Air Tractor "Fire Boss" plane prepares to load up water near John's Walk Sunday with the Sitkum Creek Wildfire in the background. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Southeast Fire Centre in a late Sunday news release said the Sitkum Creek blaze has increased in size to a now estimated 300 hectares.

The larger estimated size of this fire is due to increased visibility on Sunday which permitted more accurate mapping. 

Evacuation Alert remains in place for Sitkum Creek South and Willow Point residents

This night view of the ranging Sitkum Creek fire was snapped by Robert Nuefeld.

The evacuation alert for approximately 350 residences between Sitkum Creek South and Willow Point (Six Mile Lakes Road) remains in place said Sangita Sudan Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre.

“At this point the Southeast Fire Centre crews are working at building a guard and at this point the fire is being managed,” Sudan told The Nelson Daily Sunday afternoon.

“So at this point there is no risk to residents.”

Sitkum Creek wildfire grows to 150 hectares overnight

The Sitkum Creek Fire ballooned to 159 hectares overnight. — Photo courtesy

Southeast Fire Centre spokesperson Jordan Turner said crews would be out in full force this morning to battle the Sitkum Creek wildfire that grew significantly overnight.

Turner said the interface wildfire that started at 10 hectares Saturday afternoon grew overnight to more than 15 times the original estimate.

“Right now the fire has been estimated at 150 hectares,” Turner told The Nelson Daily Sunday morning.

“We’ll have airtankers moving in as quickly as possible to start working on this fire.”

RDCK issues Evacuation Alert for Duhamel/Sitkum due to North Shore wildfire

The RDCK Emergency Operations Centre issued residents in the Sitkum Creek South/ Willow Point (Six Mile Lakes Road) area an evacuation alert late Saturday night. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre has has imposed an evacuation alert concerning the interface wildfire burning on the North Shore outside of Nelson, now called the Sitkum Creek Fire (#SitkumCreek).

(An interface fire is a wildland fire that puts communities and people at risk. A wind-driven wildland fire, out of control and moving fast, can quickly spread from the forest to threaten your family's safety, home and property.)

UPDATED: Sitkum Creek/Duhamel Creek now approximately 60 hectares in size

Images from Longbeach show the fire was burning hot Saturday afternoon. — Photo courtesy Michael Jessen

It didn't take long for the Sitkum Creek/Duhamel Creek fire to grow.

The Southeast Fire Centre is reporting the fire, located approximately four kilometers north of Nelson, had ballooned to 60 hectares in size.

Status remains active as helicopters and multiple airtanker groups continue to battle the blaze until nightfall.

The fire continues to be a bit of theatre for residents of the City of Nelson as the blaze is highly visible from the Heritage City.

Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

UPDATED: Wildfire outside Castlegar 100% contained

UPDATED: Wildfire outside Castlegar 100% contained

Sunday evening brought with it some good news for Castlegar residents.

Jordan Turner, information officer with the Southeast Fire Centre reported that a wildfire just one kilometre away from the city was 100 per cent contained and in the mop up stage.

Previous coverage:

Initial attack crews from the Southeast Fire Centre are fighting a wildfire near Blueberry Creek, about one kilometer west of Castlegar, according to Fire Information Officer Jordan Turner, who adds the fire is roughly half a hectare in size.

Nelson Hydro power outage update

Nelson Hydro power outage update

Lake Street at Queen's Bay and Mt. Nelson service to towers are two areas still without power as Nelson Hydro scrambles to restore service following Monday's thunderstorm said manager Alex Love.

Love said Queen's Bay is scheduled for restoration work tomorrow (Saturday) while the Mt Nelson area is scheduled for assessment and pre work Friday into the evening and restoration work Saturday.

"This is a site that is difficult access and will be using a four-man Power Line Tech Crew composed of Nelson Hydro and Contract individuals," Love explained.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trail and Castlegar's good Karma?

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trail and Castlegar's good Karma?

Has anyone else noticed how very different the current news cycle is, compared to what we've become accustomed to?

We had a couple of stretches where it seemed like we were dealing with one horrific, traumatizing, heartbreaking story after another - I spent many nights on the phone or Facebook chat with readers trying to sort out how to process such awful information about death and tragedy and loss. (I'm not going make everyone relive it by listing anything, but I think a lot of people will know exactly what I am talking about).

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