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September 20, 2021 - 10:04am
The Regional District of East Kootenay’s Electoral Area B Director is applauding last week’s announcement by the province that a new bridge will soon be constructed in Elko.
“This is a project that many of us have been working on for a long time and I want to thank the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for making it a reality,” says Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “Not only will this replace the aging bridge over the railway tracks, it will also significantly increase public safety by adding a turning lane off the highway, widening shoulders and improving visibility and...
September 17, 2021 - 12:01pm
The RDEK has launched a new project page for the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service and elector assent process.
“The RDEK has been asked to investigate the feasibility of establishing a new service to assist with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the Wasa Community Hall, outdoor kitchen area, tennis courts, outdoor ice arena, public washroom facility, softball fields, Wasa Lions Trail and playground,” explains RDEK Corporate Officer Tina Hlushak. “We have now received the required regulatory approvals and have compiled the information needed to provide...
September 16, 2021 - 4:44pm
Members of the Fairmont and Windermere Fire Departments responded to a structure fire on Wilder Road in Fairmont Hot Springs this afternoon.
“When we arrived, the home was fully engulfed, and the fire was moving into the surrounding grass and trees. Our firefighters did an excellent job of stopping the flames from spreading to nearby homes and containing the fire to the one structure,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller.
In total, 12 firefighters from both the Fairmont and Windermere Fire Departments responded to the fire, which destroyed the home and two...
September 09, 2021 - 4:48pm
The RDEK is seeking input from anyone working in the tourism and hospitality sector regarding their housing needs within the rural parts of the RDEK.
“As part of the Housing Needs Assessment project, we are collecting specific information on the housing needs of workers in the tourism and hospitality sector to better understand quantity of need and price points, and prioritize design elements and locations,” says RDEK Planning Coordinator Karen MacLeod. “To help capture this important data, we have developed a sector-specific survey and are urging anyone within the tourism and...
September 03, 2021 - 4:00pm
After two years, the Hill Road Dike Project has received the required approvals, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) authorization, and construction is set to begin next week.
“In the summer of 2019, the project was delayed as additional information was required by the DFO related to the design and potential impacts to fish habitat,” says Engineering and Water Resource Technician Kara Zandbergen. “We have been working with them ever since and are pleased to have received the green light to proceed.”
The project will involve the installation of erosion...
August 19, 2021 - 2:29pm
Thanks to the cooler temperatures, rain and tireless work of the BC Wildfire Service crews, Plumbob fire west of Koocanusa is now classified as Being Held. On recommendation from the BC Wildfire Service the RDEK has RESCINDED the Evacuation ALERT for 4 properties near Plumbob Mountain as of 2:00pm August 19.
“The quick response of the BC Wildfire Service coupled with the recent change in weather worked together to bring about this great news today, we would like to extended our thanks to all those involved,” says Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Loree Duczek.
August 18, 2021 - 11:29pm
POSTED: Aug.18.21 at 11:26pm
Highway 3 at Elko is being re-opened after it was closed earlier this evening due to a commercial vehicle fire.
23 firefighters from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko Fire Departments responded with 8 pieces of apparatus and mutual aid support from Fernie Fire and Emergency Services after a Super-B fuel hauler’s truck cab ignited while it was refueling a tank at the Canco Hilltop Service Station.
“Thanks to the incredible work of our firefighters we were able to quickly get the fire knocked down and prevent what could have been a much more serious...
August 17, 2021 - 3:55pm
Stellar work by the BC Wildfire Service crews and cooler, wetter conditions on the fire front have prompted the RDEK to RESCIND the Evacuation ALERT for 254 properties on the west side of Lake Koocanusa and DOWNGRADE the Evacuation Order to an ALERT for 4 properties near Plumbob Mountain.
“For the 4 properties who remain on Alert, it is important to continue to be prepared and ready to leave again on a moment’s notice should conditions worsen and an Order needs to be re-issued,” stresses Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Loree Duczek.
The Plumbob Mountain Fire...
August 17, 2021 - 1:23pm
Effective 1:30pm local time, the Evacuation Alert for 40 properties in the Lazy Lake area has been lifted.
The Bill Nye Mountain Fire has now been classified as BEING HELD by the BC Wildfire Service, which means it is not expected to grow further.
“We’d like to thank the BC Wildfire Service and everyone who worked on this fire – from the ground to the air – for their tireless efforts. Today is a good day,” says Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Loree Duczek.
The Area Restriction for the vicinity of the fire is still in effect, reflecting the need to protect the...
August 15, 2021 - 9:18pm
Effective 9:00pm, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued for 254 properties on the west side of Lake Koocanusa from the Bailey Bridge south to the US border.
“We are urging residents and campers within the Alert area to prepare and gather personal supplies should conditions worsen and an evacuation order be issued,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek. “If you have not yet registered for the Evacuation Notification System, we urge you to do so. It will take RCMP and Search and Rescue several hours to deliver notifications throughout an Alert area of this size. By contrast those who are...
August 15, 2021 - 8:20pm
Gusting winds and tinder dry conditions have contributed to continued growth on the Plumbob Mountain Fire west of Lake Koocanusa, and an earlier Evacuation ALERT for 4 properties in the area of the fire has now been upgraded to an Evacuation ORDER effective 8:00pm.
“A Reception Centre has been established at the Heritage Inn and the affected property owners are asked to register with the Emergency Support Services team at the Reception Centre,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek.
The fire is now estimated at 360 hectares in size. BC Wildfire crews continue to action the fire this...
August 15, 2021 - 5:36pm
With recommendations from the BC Wildfire Service, the RDEK has issued an Evacuation Alert for four properties as well as the Caven/Gold Creek Recreation Site south of Plumbob Mountain at 5:30 pm, Sunday August 15.
“An Evacuation Alert is intended to give people time to prepare themselves so that they are ready to leave immediately if an Evacuation Order is issued,” explains East Kootenay Regional Emergency Operation Centre Information Officer, Nathan Siemens.
People within the Evacuation Alert area are encouraged to prepare now:
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August 10, 2021 - 4:02pm
As BC Wildfire Service crews continue to make progress on the Bill Nye Mountain fire, a portion of the Evacuation Alert that was issued on July 17 has been rescinded. As of 4:00 pm August 10 thirteen properties along the west and south aspects of the fire boundary will no longer be under an Evacuation Alert. The Evacuation Alert remains in place for forty properties around the Lazy Lake area at this time.
“With the favourable weather and continued work of the crews, the BC Wildfire Service feel it is safe to lift the Alert for these thirteen properties” says Regional Emergency...
August 03, 2021 - 5:34pm
As crews continue to make progress on the Bill Nye Mountain Fire, effective 6:00pm tonight the Evacuation ORDER for 41 properties in the Lazy Lake has been downgraded to an Evacuation ALERT.
This is in addition to the Evacuation Alert for 12 properties in the Holmes Road and Lakit Lake Areas, including one property on Wildhorse Forest Service Road, bringing the total number of properties on Evacuation Alert to 53.
Cooler temperatures and precipitation have resulted in a reduction of fire activity and allowed BC Wildfire crews to make good progress; however, it continues to be an active...
July 29, 2021 - 4:09pm
With over 240 wildfires burning across BC, including a number of Fires of Note in the East Kootenay, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is urging residents and travellers to stay aware, be prepared and plan ahead this long weekend.
“Whether it is heading out on a vacation, to a second home or into the woods camping, it is critical for people to do their research about wildfires, Crown Land Area Restrictions and Evacuation Alerts or Orders that may be in effect around their destination,” says Regional Emergency Operations Centre Director Fiona Dercole. “If an area is under an...
July 28, 2021 - 8:54pm
After temporary, graduated restrictions were introduced for the East Side Lake Windermere Water Service area four weeks ago, regular watering hours will be back in effect in early August.
“During the heat wave at the beginning of July, we noted a sharp increase in consumption within the East Side Water Service area to the extent that our water treatment plant was running 23 hours a day and was having difficulty keeping up with the demand,” explains RDEK Engineering Services Manager, Brian Funke. “The month long restrictions were due to extreme heat, and to curb overuse of water on a...
July 27, 2021 - 7:56pm
Due to increased fire behaviour on the Bill Nye Mountain Fire and based on recommendations from the BC Wildfire Service, the RDEK has issued an Evacuation Order for the Lazy Lake area, effective Tuesday, July 27 at 7:00pm.
“The safety of the public and fire crews is our top priority,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. “These decisions are not made lightly; and everyone within the evacuation order area needs to leave immediately.”
The Evacuation Order will include 41 properties in the Lazy Lake area. The map of the Evacuation Order is available on the Emergency Information page of...
July 27, 2021 - 11:03am
As crews continue to make progress on the Bill Nye Mountain Fire southeast of Wasa, the Evacuation Order has been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert for 2 properties on Lakit Creek Forest Service Road.
The Evacuation Alert remains in place for 52 properties in the Lazy Lake, Lakit Lake and Holmes Road area, including one property on Wildhorse Forest Service Road while one property on Lazy Lake Road remains under Evacuation Order.
“Today two properties on Lakit Creek FSR have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert however; the Bill Nye Mountain fire is still an active fire and residents...
July 26, 2021 - 3:24pm
Just before 1:30pm today, members of the Windermere Fire Department (WFD) responded to a grass fire found to be a hayfield on fire.
WFD responded with 2 apparatus and 7 members and the fire was quickly extinguished with the help of bystanders. We would like to thank the bystanders for their quick reporting and safe actions prior to our arrival.
The cause of the fire was found to be from hot farm equipment and was not negligent nor suspicious in nature.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be aware and safe during these periods of extreme fire...
July 26, 2021 - 2:05pm
The Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service has been fielding numerous calls of late regarding backyard fires.
“Most of these calls come late at night and are creating a drain on our volunteers as well as creating a burden on our Fire Dispatch Centre in Kelowna already dealing with an unprecedented season. Sadly, many of these calls could be avoided with neighborly communication prior to the dispatch of Fire Departments and RCMP,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Deputy Chief Drew Sinclair. “While some of the calls end up being the permitted portable propane...
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