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Chinese company joins race to acquire Pacific Insight Electronics

Shenzhen Kaizhong Precision Technology Co. Ltd., a company headquartered in China, has made a "Superior Proposal" offer to acquire one of the region's largest employers. — The Nelson Daily photo

A company headquartered in China — Shenzhen Kaizhong Precision Technology Co. Ltd.  — is making an eleventh-hour pitch to purchase Nelson-based Pacific Insight Electronics Corp.

Southeast Fire Centre reminds public of restrictions, prohibitions

Due to aggressive wildfires in East Kootenay, all Crown land within the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District is closed to public access.

The BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that there are a number of restrictions within the Southeast Fire Centre.

The operation of any off-road vehicle (ORV) for recreational purposes on Crown land continues to be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. Jeeps, trucks or other "on-highway" vehicles must remain on constructed or defined road surfaces.

Queen City Cruise purrs on all cylinders

Get ready for the 2017 Nelson Road Kings Queen City Cruise, Saturday on Baker Street in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily file photo

For the former president of the Nelson Road Kings Automobile club, it makes perfect sense to tie in this year’s Queen City Cruise with the end of Nelson’s Art Walk season.

“To my mind, they’re works of art,” says  Mike Keegan of the 400-plus cars that will be on display on Baker Street this weekend in the Heritage City.

UPDATED: No significant growth toward communities from Harrop Creek Wildfire

Residents from Harrop, Proctor, Sunshine Bay, Kootenay Lake Village were at the the Procter Community Hall Monday for an information meeting about the Harrop Creek Wildfire. Below is a map showing the location of the fire in comparison to the community. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergeny Operations Centre said in a media release Tuesday while the Harrop Creek Wildfire continues to burn, there has been no significant growth towards the communities below.

However, the RDCK EOC said the communities of Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay, and Kootenay Lake Village remain on Evacuation Alert.

Concerned residents jam Procter Community Hall to hear Harrop Creek Wildfire update

UPDATED: Residents asked to carpool to Monday meeting regarding Harrop Creek Wildfire

The Harrop Creek Wildfire has grown to an estimated size of 3,142 hectares.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay reminds residents of the Proctor/Harrop area there will be a public meeting Monday, September 4th at 6 p.m. to update residents on the Harrop Creek Wildfire.

In media release Monday, the RDCK says the Harrop Creek Wildfire continues to burn at the top of the slope, with minimal spread towards the communities below.

However, the Evacuation Alert for the communities of Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village remains in place.

Cigarette butt causes fire near homes ; prompts Fire Chief to warn of hefty fines for careless fire behaviour

Photo courtesy the Castlegar Fire Department.

A grass fire, likely caused by a discarded cigarette butt, burned a 20 by 30 metre section of the bank near 17 Street (behind Safeway) before crews could extinguish it, according to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

“This was definitely human-caused, most likely from smoking materials,” he said, adding they got the call at 12:20 p.m. and seven firefighters had the blaze dealt with and were back at the hall by 1:30 p.m.

New evacuation order, alert in Cranbrook area

The St. Mary's River wildfire quickly grew in the midst of the changing afternoon winds and is now estimated at 250 hectares in size. — Photo courtesy RDEK Facebook

In the interest of public safety, the Regional District of East Kootenay has implemented a partial evacuation order for the Moyie Lake area and an evacuation alert for the St. Mary's River area effective immediately Sept. 1, 2017.

The Southeast Fire Centre said in the media release the Lamb Creek wildfire is located about five kilometres northwest of the community of Moyie and 18 kilometres southwest of Cranbrook.

UPDATE: RDCK EOC Evacuation Alert for 
Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay, Kootenay Lake Village

The photo appearing on Facebook was taken Thursday afternoon shows the Harrop Creek wildfire. — Facebook photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in media release that BC Wildfire Service reports no significant growth in the Harrop Creek wildfire overnight.

“The fire is approximately 4.5 km upslope of the community and wildfire crews are engaged in containment operations as part of a contingency plan,” the RDCK release said.

“Evacuation Alerts were issued door to door (Thursday) evening to the affected areas including Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village.”

Sudden fire activity at Harrop Creek Wildfire prompts RDCK to issue Evacuation Alert

The map shows the area 486 properties in the area of Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village on Evacuation Alert as of Thursday afternoon. — Map courtesy RDCK

A shift in fire activity of the Harrop Creek wildfire has prompted the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre to place 486 properties in the area of Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village on Evacuation Alert a media release said Thursday afternoon.

“This Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare residents to leave at a moment’s notice should the fire threaten lives or properties,” the RDCK release said.

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