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Southeast Fire Centre Wildfire Update

The photo is from the Fry Creek Wildfire on September 10, located 15 kilometres north of Kaslo on the east side of Kootenay Lake. — BC Wildfire Service photo

The BC Wildfire Service continues to assess and respond to the increased fire behaviour on several fires in the Southeast Fire Centre (SEFC).

In a media release Wednesday, the BC Wildfire Service said as the forecast remains warm and dry, existing fires in the Kootenay Lake Zone have become more visible to surrounding communities.

Here is a closer look at some of the fires still of concern in the Southeast Fire Centre.

Fry Creek Wildfire 

Building boom grips city and drives industry to new levels

Almost $43 million in estimated value permits have been issued to-date — nearly twice 2021’s mark — on 17 permits — Creative Commons photo.

The city sits amidst unprecedented times when it comes to development.

Almost $43 million in estimated value permits have been issued to-date — nearly twice 2021’s mark — on 17 permits. The pace last year was considered a boom year but 2022 has easily eclipsed it, said city manager Kevin Cormack.

“We have never seen this,” he said. “We are in an extremely busy construction and development period and we have some very large projects coming up, some of the largest that the city has ever seen.”

Campaign reminds West Kootenay/Boundary drivers to Shift Into Winter

B.C. law requires drivers to obey winter tire and chain signs throughout the province from October 1 to March 31. — Submitted photo

No matter what the weather is today, fall’s arrival signals the approach of B.C.’s most dangerous driving season.

The flip of the calendar page also brings the requirement for winter tires on most provincial highways starting on October 1.

The risk of crashing increases significantly in winter. The average number of casualty crashes due to driving too fast for the conditions more than doubles from fall to early winter, according to police statistics.

Driver badly injured following cement truck accident at Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal

The accident happened on September 13, 2022 at approximately 2 p.m. — Facebook photos

Creston RCMP said in a media release that failed brakes was likely the cause of a cement truck accident earlier this month at the Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal near Crawford Bay.

“Creston RCMP was called to a commercial vehicle collision at the Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal,” the media release said of the September 13th, 2022, accident.

“The commercial vehicle’s brakes failed, and it crashed at the bottom of hill at the terminal."

Helping Indigenous Students Navigate Post-Secondary at Selkirk College

Selkirk College’s Indigenous Student Navigator Rodney Noskiye with the image he designed for the upcoming Orange Shirt Day on September 30. The artwork, titled “Endless Space,” depicts the loneliness children torn away from their families felt when they were forced to attend residential school. — Submitted photo

The pathway of Indigenous reconciliation is long, but Rodney Noskiye is helping Selkirk College navigate the road to better understanding through building stronger connections.

Adapting to climate change: several projects to reduce wildfire risk announced

Trozzo Creek fire from 2021 — BC Community Forest Assoc. photo

As forest fires continue to burn in the region more projects for adapting to climate change have been announced by the province.

The BC Community Forest Association is co-ordinating with Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction (CLWRR) for four projects in the West Kootenay, it was announced Friday, part of the ongoing work to increase wildfire resiliency for communities and critical infrastructure.

KI signs Commissioner Jeff Dubois to five-year contract extension

KIJHL Chairman Brett Holt said the Executive Committee and Governors are very happy with the initiatives Dubois has designed and implemented.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce that Commissioner Jeff Dubois has signed a five-year contract extension that will see him remain in his role through the end of the 2027-28 season.

Dubois joined the KIJHL in March 2020, and has developed a number of key partnerships including new league and team websites plus a mobile app through HockeyTech, a new live streaming agreement with HockeyTV, a video and analytics initiative with Instat and an expansion of scouting and recruiting tools with Rinknet.

Biggest wildfire threat to Nelson has city powerless to address it: mayor

An untreated path through the forest comprises the most dire threat to the city when it comes to wildfire interface fires.

The biggest wildfire threat for Nelson will come from its western edge, but right now the city is powerless to protect itself from that occurrence, says Nelson’s mayor.

John Dooley said it has been known for years that an untreated path through the forest comprises the most dire threat to the city when it comes to wildfire interface fires.

“We know, from conversations with the BC Wildfire Service, that the threat to Nelson will be coming in from the west, through Blewett,” he said.

Election 2022: Nelson’s all-candidates’ forum on the climate and environment

The first public forum in Nelson since before the pandemic is being held on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Nelson United Church.

The first public forum in Nelson since before the pandemic began has been announced.

For the first time in over three years people can gather and form opinions — in person — on the next list of hopefuls for city council and the mayor’s seat.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m., Nelson United Church) local  groups “concerned with planetary health” have come together to stage a Nelson all-candidates’ forum on the future of the climate and environmental action in the city.

Talk of snow removal and ‘Snowmagedon’ stirs of flurries of interest in council

With snow removal costs doubling in the early part of this year after “Snowmagedon,” the city has opted to bump the snow removal budget up for the remaining part of 2022 — Creative Commons photo.

It may be a little early to be thinking about a snow day with forest fires still burning in the region, but the arrival of the white stuff was on the minds of the city recently, as it tried to predict the season to come.

With snow removal costs doubling in the early part of this year — from January to March at $740,000 compared to $370,000 in the same period in 2021 — after “Snowmagedon,” the city has opted to bump the snow removal budget up for the remaining part of 2022.

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