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RDEK Email Group Online Sign Up Form

October 03, 2017 - 5:19pm

The RDEK email groups are separated by community to ensure you receive only the most relevant information. Please fill out the form below, by adding your email address and selecting the community you live / own property in.  If you live/own property in more than one area and want to be on more than one list, you can choose as many lists as you like; however, you may receive multiple emails if you are on multiple lists.  The list has been separated by Subregion to help make it a bit easier to find your community, as there are…
RDEK Director Acclaimed as President of UBCM

September 29, 2017 - 2:30pm

The RDEK’s Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth has been acclaimed as the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) President. “On behalf of the RDEK, I want to congratulate Wendy. She works tirelessly and is fully committed to everything she takes on. Here in the East Kootenay, we are lucky to have such a passionate voice representing us on a Provincial level,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “On a broader scale, British Columbians will benefit from Wendy’s leadership as she continues to advocate for policies and programming that benefit us all.” This will be Booth’s fifth year…
Fire at Columbia Valley Landfill Quickly Extinguished

September 29, 2017 - 2:29pm

 A small fire at the Columbia Valley Landfill Thursday afternoon was quickly actioned by staff and the Windermere Fire Department. “A fire broke out at about 3:30 PM yesterday afternoon in a fresh load from the Brisco area. Landfill staff immediately contacted the local fire department and implemented our Landfill Fire Response Plan,” says RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson. “The fire was isolated to a small area of new garbage being packed on the face.  Staff was able to remove the burning waste along with a larger section around it and relocate it to a flat open…
Fire Chief Applauds Responders for Quick Action on Grass Fire

September 26, 2017 - 10:47am

Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief Jim Miller is applauding the efforts of all those who responded to a quick moving grassfire near Windermere Sunday. “We had ten members and three pieces of equipment from the Windermere Fire Department, a crew and truck from Fairmont Fire, a BC Wildfire Service initial attack crew and officer along with one of their helicopters immediately respond,” says Fire Chief Jim Miller. “There was certainly the potential for that situation to be extremely serious and we are very grateful for the immediate and effective response of all involved.” …
Evacuation ORDER Rescinded for Moyie, Alerts Lifted

September 18, 2017 - 4:44pm

The cooler temperatures and rain today have resulted in encouraging progress on the fire front, including the official rescinding of the evacuation ORDER for the Moyie area effective 6:00 PM tonight. “This is an exciting day,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek.  “Not only are we pleased to be able to see everyone in the Moyie area able to head back home safely tonight, we have also been able to lift a number of alerts across the region. What a difference a week makes.”  Residents are asked to wait until 6:00 PM to return home. The rescind area…
Whiteswan Evacuation ORDER Downgraded to ALERT

September 16, 2017 - 8:56am

As firefighting efforts continue on the White River Complex Fire, the RDEK has rescinded the evacuation ORDER and downgraded it to an evacuation ALERT for the Whiteswan Area. “The crews are continuing to make progress on the White River Fire and the BC Wildfire Service felt comfortable in recommending the order be lifted and downgraded to an alert,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek.  “It’s important to note that a number of area restrictions were announced yesterday by the Southeast Fire Centre, which include the Whiteswan area.” Access to Whiteswan, including the Lussier Hot…
Changes Announced to Backcountry Closure (1pm Mountain Time - September 19/17)

September 15, 2017 - 11:24am

Area restriction rescinded for White River Complex fire Due to recent changes in the weather and fire behaviour, the area restriction currently in effect around the White River and Quinn Creek wildfires will be rescinded at noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. In addition, BC Parks (in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service) is reopening Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park for public use, effective immediately. However, in the interest of public safety and the safety of first responders, the following forest service road closures are now in effect and will remain…
Evacuation ALERT Rescinded for Elkford and Area as Cool Weather Arrives

September 14, 2017 - 2:15pm

The Quinn Creek and White River Complex Fires received precipitation overnight and are contributing to less aggressive fire behaviour today. As a result, in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service, the precautionary Evacuation Alert for the Elkford area has been RESCINDED by the Regional District of East Kootenay, District of Elkford and District of Sparwood.  Click here for Evacuation Alert Rescind. “Although the alert has been lifted, it is important for residents to remain aware and prepared should conditions on either of the fires change,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek.  “In spite of…
REPOSTED FROM SE FIRE CENTRE: News Release: Off-Road Vehicles Restricted in Back Country

August 04, 2017 - 11:53am

For Immediate Release 2017FLNR0297-001600 Sept. 19, 2017 INFORMATION BULLETIN Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service Off-road vehicle prohibitions rescinded throughout B.C. KAMLOOPS   The operation of off-road vehicles will once again be permitted on Crown land throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Cooler weather conditions and recent precipitation have reduced the flammability of fine fuels in these regions, which has significantly reduced the chance of a…
Swift Response by Residents and Firefighters Keeps Blaze Contained

July 20, 2017 - 7:08pm

Members of the Jaffray Fire Department were on the scene of a fire this afternoon. Six firefighters and three pieces of apparatus responded to the scene of a vehicle fire at a residence. “The fire started in the pick up truck in the yard and quickly spread into the trees,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire Chief, Dave Boreen. “Fast action by residents in the area helped slow the fire until our crews arrived.” The blaze was quickly extinguished and hot spots mopped up and Chief Boreen says…
Baynes Lake Fire Receives Meaningful Donation

July 20, 2017 - 12:25pm

A unique and memorable training experience unfolded in Baynes Lake last week as six members of the Lacombe Fire Department arrived to donate and personally deliver new rescue tools and a pump for the Fire Department. “The driving force behind this donation was Zach Walker, who started with the Baynes Lake Fire Department as soon as he was old enough to join before moving on to become a member of the Lacombe Department. Zach’s brother Ethan is currently a part of our Junior Program in…
Fire Chief Salutes Local Volunteer Firefighters

July 10, 2017 - 1:57pm

A fatal motor vehicle incident is the latest in several serious calls over the past few weeks for the volunteer firefighters of the South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service and their Chief is saluting his entire team. “Early Sunday morning members of the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko Fire Departments responded to a serious motor vehicle incident that left one woman dead, a young girl and others injured.  These calls are never easy and our volunteer firefighters once again did an exceptional job on a very difficult call,” says Fire Chief Dave Boreen.  “Our small rural departments…
Extreme Fire Danger has RDEK Pleading with Public to be Smart

July 10, 2017 - 1:56pm

The RDEK is applauding the efforts of the BC Wildfire Service and City of Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services for their quick action in dousing an interface wildfire Sunday afternoon north of Jim Smith Lake. “The fire broke out in a forested area heavily used by residents for recreating,” says RDEK Emergency Services Coordinator Travis Abbey. “There was certainly the potential for that situation to be extremely serious and we are very grateful for the immediate and effective response of all involved.” Ten structural firefighters from the City of Cranbrook Fire Department and one piece of apparatus…
Campfire Ban Issued for Southeast Fire Centre (Including RDEK)

July 07, 2017 - 2:39pm

REPOST from: Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service Effective at 1:00 PM Mountain Time on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally "high" or "extreme" throughout the region. With forest fuels drying out and lightning storms in the weather forecast, it is crucial to decrease the risk…
Jaffray and Elko Area OCP Scope to be Revised Following Public Consultation

July 07, 2017 - 2:28pm

After reviewing the results of the public feedback on the draft Official Community Plan and zoning bylaw, the Board has decided to proceed with a revised plan area boundary that excludes the communities of Galloway and Elko. “Following our Open Houses, we met with a number of groups and individuals and the message has been loud and clear that the Elko and Galloway areas do not want land use regulations at this time,” says RDEK Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “We will continue to move forward with the planning process for the rest of the plan area.…
Area F Volunteers of the Year to be Honoured at Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

July 04, 2017 - 2:27pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay will be honouring its Electoral Area F Volunteer of the Year the Area F Town Hall Meeting and Volunteer of the Year Celebration July 10th at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. “I am excited to formally recognize our Electoral Area F Volunteers of the Year George and Stella Gray. They are outstanding contributors to the community and this is a special opportunity for us to thank them for all they do,” says Area F Director Wendy Booth.  The Volunteer of the Year celebration gets underway at 7:00 PM and will include a presentation…
RDEK Board to Determine Next Steps in Jaffray and Elko Area OCP Process

July 04, 2017 - 8:33am

The RDEK Board of Directors will be determining the next steps in the Jaffray & Elko Area Official Community Plan (OCP) and South Country Zoning Bylaw process at its July Board Meeting. In April, the RDEK presented the first draft of the OCP and zoning bylaw during Open Houses in Jaffray and Elko and held an eight week comment period to gather community feedback.  “We received a wide range of input on the first draft, including verbal and written submissions, comment forms, and two petitions,” says Planning & Development Services Manager Andrew McLeod. “Staff have been compiling that…
Electoral Area E Volunteer of the Year Recognized

June 29, 2017 - 1:20pm

Naomi Miller was officially recognized as the 2017 Electoral Area E Volunteer of the Year at a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night. Miller has been a volunteer in the Wasa area for over 35 years. “It is difficult to summarize Naomi’s contributions to our community and to preserving our history,” says Area E Director Jane Walter. “Even now in her 90th year, she gives in so many ways.” She has worked tirelessly rejuvenating the Fort Steele Graveyard with a committee she organized and works with; is…
Fernie Transfer Station Closed Early Today (June 23/17)

June 23, 2017 - 2:55pm

The Fernie Transfer Station has been closed early today.  We received a mixed load that may contain hazardous materials and want to ensure the load is examined and properly handled.  In the interest of safety, we have decided to close the Transfer Station early so that we can get the load properly assessed and cleaned up.  We hope to have the Transfer Station open for regular hours tomorrow morning but will continue to keep the public advised if we are not able to open on time for any reason.
2017/2018 CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program Funds Approved

June 12, 2017 - 8:16am

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved funding for 138 projects around the region over the coming year. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs, which are administered by the RDEK.  “We approved a total of $1,235,971 for 2017/2018. The approved projects cover everything from education programs to playground and facility upgrades, community programs and tourism related projects,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “On behalf of the RDEK Board and our residents, I want to thank the Trust for providing this funding for so many different…

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