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KERPA awarded Special Operations Accreditation — First for BC

The mission of KERPA is simple — to save lives, help the critically ill & injured and support the emergency services. — Submitted

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) awarded Special Operations Accreditation on 19th July 2021 to Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association (KERPA) in British Columbia.

KERPA  is the first organization in Canada, and third in the world, to receive full Special Operations Accreditation through CAMTS.

Young anglers time to get trout heads in the KLAIP game

Kids must submit their rainbow or bull trout heads to one of four local depots by the end of July to participate in the August 1, 2021 draw. — Submitted

The first Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP) for younger anglers is happening very soon, so kids are encouraged to get their trout heads in the game.

Kids must submit their rainbow or bull trout heads to one of four local depots by the end of July to participate in the August 1, 2021 draw. 

The youth KLAIP is running for the summer. By fishing for rainbow and bull trout in the main body of Kootenay Lake, kids 15 and under are actively contributing to local conservation efforts to protect the iconic kokanee. 

Interior Health wildfire preparations and readiness

The photo of generator delivered to Brookhaven LTC in West Kelowna. — Submitted

In a media release Monday, Interior Health said they are monitoring wildfire activity and reminds the public to plan ahead for evacuation alerts, evacuations, and power loss. 

Proactive evacuations continue for health-care clients, residents and patients impacted by evacuation alerts.

Anyone wishing to confirm their loved one’s evacuated location can call: 1.877.442.2001.

Interior Health said additional power sources and generators are being delivered to health facilities to ensure continuity of care in the event power is interrupted due to wildfire activity.

Rift occurs between Touchstones, Sinixt and leads to ‘discontinued’ conversations

Conversation or collaboration has been “discontinued” between Marilyn James and the Autonomous Sinixt and Touchstones Nelson Museum on current or future reconciliation conversations — Screenshot, Touchstones’ website.

Conversation or collaboration has been “discontinued” between Marilyn James and the Autonomous Sinixt and Touchstones Nelson Museum on current or future reconciliation conversations.

The motivation for the move arises from a decision to not display a map recently created by the Autonomous Sinixt for the museum.

Area Restrictions in effect for Gladstone Creek Wildfire north of Christina Lake

The Gladstone Creek wildfire — originated 34 kilometres north of Christina Lake — Area Restriction Order Map shows the restricted areas.

The BC Wildfire Service has implemented two Area Restriction Orders for the vicinity of the Dewar Creek wildfire northwest of Kimberley and Gladstone Creek wildfire north of Christina Lake.

The BC Wildfire Service said these area restrictions reflect the continued need to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities are taking place.

Each order are currently in effect, and will remain in effect until 12 noon (PDT) on September 15, 2021, or until rescinded.

Christina Lake sprinkler program helps residents prepare for wildfire

RDKB Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor hopes to lead by example. She participated in the Christina Lake Fire Rescue sprinkler program and installed a WASP gutter-mounted sprinkler system on her own home Christina Lake. — Submitted

Christina Lake Fire Rescue is helping Christina Lake residents protect their homes and prepare for wildfire through an innovative sprinkler program.  

For a $200 investment, homeowners can have fire personnel install and test the WASP sprinkler, a gutter-mounted sprinkler system designed to fit any house.

Southeast Fire Centre identifies five fires of note in the region

The Trozzo Creek wildfire near Winlaw has grown to an estimated size of 742 hectares. — BC Wildfire Services photo

The Southeast Fire Centre (SEFC) said the region is experiencing unprecedented hot and dry conditions, and combined with below-average spring precipitation, has produced a record number of fire starts in 2021.

Southeast Fire Centre said the reduced precipitation and above seasonal temperatures accelerated the drying of forest fuels at a rate not previously observed, making them highly susceptible to ignition.

The Southeast Fire Centre said the region along with the rest of British Columbia continues to experience unusual weather patterns for this time of year.

Nelson Road Kings planning to host 2021 Queen City Show’n Shine

The Nelson Road Kings are ready to take registrations as the organization looks to host the Queen City Show’n Shine car show in early September. — Submitted

The Nelson Road Kings executive has decided to go ahead with planning to host a 2021 edition of the Queen City Show’n Shine car show.

“Just to let you know, we plan to have a car show on September 10th & 11th,” Nelson Road Kings president Marcello Piro told The Nelson Daily.

Following an executive meeting this week, organizers decided to start the planning process for 2021 show, that tradionally hosts hundreds of entrants from across Western Canada and parts of the United States the second weekend of September.

Eyes in the sky temporarily shut down wildfire fighting operation near Nakusp

People operating unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) on Saturday, July 10 near the Kimbol Lake fire — 10 kilometres east of Nakusp — forced BC Wildfire Service staff to temporarily halt air operations — Wikimedia Commons photo.

The use of civilian drones near Nakusp has caused some problems for those fighting wildfires.

Although the use of drones near a wildfire is strictly prohibited and illegal, it may not be widely known. People operating unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) on Saturday, July 10 near the Kimbol Lake fire — 10 kilometres east of Nakusp — forced BC Wildfire Service staff to temporarily halt air operations.

“This situation resulted in a helicopter being grounded,” noted a Southeast release on Tuesday.

Work continues on Kootenay Lake Ferry Service Improvements Project

The photo from one of the holes at the Balfour Golf Course, shows the removal of the steep slope along Highway 3A currently underway to support the realignment of the Upper Balfour Road and Busk Road intersection. — The Nelson Daily photo

Crews have been busy during the spring working on the Kootenay Lake Ferry Service Improvement project that will see upgrades to the Balfour and Kootenay Lake Terminals as well as the replacement of the M.V. Balfour with a new 55-car vessel in 2023.

In its July 2021 update, the Kootenay Lake Ferry Service Improvements Project Team released new information about the vessel assembly yard in Nelson and terminal improvements.

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