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River Talk — Water still has enormous value

River Talk — Water still has enormous value

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is forthcoming in 2016.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Homes confirmed lost in Rock Creek fire; fire remains uncontained

Homes confirmed lost in Rock Creek fire; fire remains uncontained

BC Wildfire Service has been able to do more accurate mapping of the Rock Creek fire, which started Thursday, and has determined that 29 homes have been lost as well as an additional 11 structures.

Rock Creek Riverside Campground confirmed via their Facebook page that their home was one of the structures lost. The campground is located off Hwy. 33 near Rock Creek.

CUPW Save Canada Post Caravan rides into Nelson Monday

Save Door to Door signs are everywhere in Nelson as the movement grows to stop Canada Post cutbacks. — The Nelson Daily photo

Postal workers from across the country refuse to take recent cutback decisions by Canada Post sitting down.

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) National President, Mike Palecek and the Save Canada Post Caravan is expected to roll into Nelson Monday for a rally outside City Hall.

“We want people to know something can be done to stop the governments’ cuts to Canada’s public postal service,” said Nelson president Brenda Muscoby-Yanke.

FortisBC restores some power to West of Rock Creek fire customers using diesel generating unit

Beaverdell and Christian Valley to be restored using temporary generator power until 60 crews can repair fire-damaged poles between Rock Creek and Westbridge. — Photo courtesy Fortis BC

FortisBC delivered a diesel generating unit to Beaverdell Saturday to provide power, on a temporary basis, to about 560 customers who have been without electricity since Thursday evening due to the Rock Creek wildfire.

FortisBC crews are currently working on integrating the units into the power system.
 
The temporary units will provide continuous electricity to customers in Beaverdell and along Highway 33 to just north of Westbridge.

Highway 3 near Rock Creek re-opened to traffic; West Rock Creek fire now estimated at 3,750 hectares

Traffic was backed up for miles at the Needles Ferry north of Nakusp as people attempted to get to the Okanagan from the West Kootenay during the weekend. — Photo courtesy Deb Pasacreta

Traffic is once again flowing on the southern highway route through BC after officials re-opened Highway 3 between Midway and Osoyoos late Saturday.

The road had been closed to traffic due to the West of Rock Creek Wildfire.

Drive BC now reports the road is re-opened from 14 kilometers east of Osoyoos to Midway.

However, there remains a 50-kilometer speed limit. Motorists are urged to watch out for debris on the road.

Regional fire update

Regional fire update

The Southeast Fire Centre is reporting 46 new fires in the region since Thursday, all but two of which were lightning caused (the Rock Creek fire is believed to be human caused, but that is under investigation right now).

Environment Canada/IHA issue smoke advisory for Kootenays

Environment Canada/IHA issue smoke advisory for Kootenays

The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a smoky skies advisory for the southern areas of the Okanagan, Boundary and Kootenay regions, spanning the communities of: Oliver, Osoyoos, Rock Creek, Grand Forks, Castlegar and Creston. These areas are affected by local and transboundary smoke from forest fires burning in the region and south of the border. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.

No more angling in South Kootenays

No more angling in South Kootenays

The Government of B.C. is suspending angling for the southern Kootenays due to ongoing warm water temperatures and low flows.

Rock Creek and Washington fires growing rapidly

Rock Creek and Washington fires growing rapidly

Update: The Stickpin fire is now estimated to be 8093.7 hectares (20,000 acres)

Edited: There was an error in the original acreage for the Stickpin part of the story and that has been corrected. 

A fire that started in Rock Creek has grown overnight to encompass 2500 hectares (6177.6 acres). In comparison, Vancouver's Stanley Park is 400 hectares (990 acres) and all the parks in Vancouver combined reach 1300 hectares. 

UPDATE: Thunderstorm watch ends for Boundary/West Kootenay

UPDATE: Thunderstorm watch ends for Boundary/West Kootenay

The thunderstorm watch for the West Kootenay, Boundary, Slocan Lake, Arrow Lakes regions has been removed by Environment Canada.

The storm passed through the region Saturday morning dropping rain and sending lightning.

A few showers will continue through the morning, with clouds filling the sky and a 60 percent chance of rain and a risk of a thunderstorm into the afternoon.

There's also a risk of a thunderstorm into the evening.

Environment Canada issues Thunderstorm watch for Boundary/West Kootenay

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