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Water Quality Advisory Issued for Edgewater Water System

May 17, 2024 - 1:12pm

Effective today, Friday, May 17, 2024 a Water Quality Advisory has been issued for the Edgewater Water System.  “The onset of the warmer weather this week has kicked off the annual spring freshet and the melting of some of the higher elevation snow. This melt causes water levels in area waterways to rise and the water often becomes cloudier as increased sediment and debris get picked up. These particles in the water are referred to as turbidity and can have an impact on water disinfection and treatment,” says RDEK General Manager of Engineering and Environmental Services, Kevin Paterson....
RDEK Urges Edgewater Residents to Keep Fats, Oils, and Grease Out of Drains

May 15, 2024 - 8:54am

The Regional District of East Kootenay is asking residents in Edgewater to be mindful of the materials being rinsed down drains and flushed down toilets. “We have had several blockages in the Edgewater sewer system caused by the build-up of fats, oils, and greases. It is essential that cooking leftovers go in the garbage and never in the sink or toilet,” says RDEK Utilities Superintendent, Tom Altmann. “The cost to vacuum all the sewer lines in Edgewater is between $5000 and $7000 and could have to be done twice a year. If we can’t prevent these blockages caused by fats, oils, greases,...
New Campground Development Aims to Create Additional Local Camping Opportunities

May 10, 2024 - 1:35pm

As part of its efforts to increase recreational opportunities and enhance amenities within its regional parks system, the Regional District of East Kootenay is in the process of developing a limited number of new campsites at Wycliffe Regional Park.  The 164-hectare park currently offers a host of amenities including everything from hiking and biking trails to horseshoe pits, disc golf, ball diamonds, and picnic areas. “We are proposing to develop 20 non-serviced seasonal campsites including 10 tenting/small trailer sites in an un-developed treed area and 10 pull-through sites along the...
Bin Fire Quickly Extinguished at Columbia Valley Landfill

May 08, 2024 - 10:17pm

Residents are reminded about the importance of ensuring garbage is safe to dispose of following a bin fire at the Columbia Valley Landfill Wednesday evening. “We were dispatched at approximately 9:30pm and found the fire to be confined to one of the 50-yard garbage collection bins on site,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Chief Drew Sinclair. “This is a good reminder for residents about the importance of ensuring everything they are throwing away is safe and fully cooled prior to disposal.” Six firefighters and two pieces of apparatus responded to the fire, which was...
Equipment Fire Actioned by South Country Firefighters

May 08, 2024 - 8:03pm

Members of the Elko and Baynes Lake Fire Departments responded to a call at the Canfor mill yard in Elko Wednesday evening after a piece of equipment caught fire. “When we arrived, we found a loader engulfed in flames. We were able to quickly isolate the fire to prevent it from spreading into nearby fuels in the yard,” says Elk Valley & South Country Fire & Rescue Service Chief Michael Hockley. “Once the flames were knocked back, our priority was ensuring the fire was fully extinguished and there were no hot spots remaining.” In total, there were nine firefighters and three pieces of...
RDEK to Test Regional Evacuation Notification System Friday

May 08, 2024 - 12:17pm

The RDEK will be testing its Regional Evacuation Notification System (ENS) this Friday and is encouraging residents who have not already done so, to sign up.   “The notification system is only used for evacuation alerts or orders and has been implemented as an additional tool to help us get the word out as quickly as possible to affected areas when time is of the essence,” explains RDEK Communications Manager Loree Duczek.   The RDEK has been doing a registration drive for the system and is encouraging anyone who hasn’t yet signed up to do so ahead of the region-wide test this Friday,...
Dry Conditions Persist in Spite of Recent Rain and Cooler Temperatures

May 03, 2024 - 6:19pm

The Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service is once again urging residents to use extreme caution when undertaking any outdoor burning and to consider other options given the current dry conditions.  The warning comes after another grass fire escaped, this time in the community of Columere Park on Thursday.  "When we arrived on scene, we found a resident had been burning brush when the fire quickly escaped its initial perimeter, igniting the fine grassy fuels surrounding it," explains Assistant Chief Joss Advocaat. "The fire came dangerously close to a heavy timber stand, and had it...
RDEK Vehicle Up For Auction

May 03, 2024 - 4:27pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay currently has a 2017 Ford F-150 4WD extended cab pickup up for auction. This auction closes May 21, 2024. For details visit GovDeals
Seasonal Prohibition on Sale of Fireworks in Rural RDEK Now in Effect

May 03, 2024 - 3:03pm

The sale of fireworks is currently prohibited in the rural parts of the RDEK. The seasonal prohibition on the sale of Fireworks runs between May and October each year, and we want to remind both business owners and the general public that the sale of fireworks in the rural parts of the RDEK is now prohibited.  As a regional district, the RDEK is not able to regulate the use of fireworks as a municipality might. The use of fireworks in rural areas is governed by Provincial restrictions, which prohibit the use of fireworks anytime there is a Category 2 Open Burning Ban in place. The...
RDEK Encourages Readiness Ahead of Emergency Preparedness Week

April 30, 2024 - 8:35am

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 5 – 11 this year and the RDEK is encouraging residents to ready themselves and their families.  The theme of Emergency Preparedness Week this year is "Using technology before, during and after emergencies," and making sure that you are signed up for the Regional Evacuation Notification System (ENS) is a large part of that preparation.  “The notification system is only used for evacuation alerts or orders and has been implemented as an additional tool to help us get the word out as quickly as possible to affected areas when time is of the essence,”...
RDEK FireSmart™ Program to Host Upcoming Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Events

April 29, 2024 - 10:02am

The East Kootenay FireSmart™ Program (EKFP) program will be hosting three events for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 4th. “This is a national campaign that encourages citizens to take actions that increase their home, neighbourhood and community’s resilience to wildfire,” says RDEK Protective Services Manager, Christina Carbrey. “We have seen the very real and devastating effects that wildfire can have right here in our region, and we are urging residents to learn more about how they can prepare themselves and their families in case of wildfire emergency.” The EKFP will hold a...
Jaffray and Elko Rural Fire Respond to 2 Spot Fires Next to Highway 3

April 24, 2024 - 4:05pm

Members of the Jaffray and Elko Fire Departments responded to two spot fires early this afternoon. “Two spot fires were discovered next to Highway 3 just east of the Wardner Bridge over the Kootenay River this afternoon,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Ben Goertzen. “Upon suppression of the fires the scene was handed off to the BC Wildfire Service for monitoring.” A total of seven firefighters and 3 pieces of apparatus responded to the fires. The cause of these fires is currently under investigation. Attentiveness by residents and motorists is...
Hosmer Fire Responds as Grass Fire Gets Away in Hosmer

April 18, 2024 - 8:16pm

Hosmer Fire Responds as Grass Fire Gets Away in Hosmer Members of the Hosmer Fire Department responded to a grass fire near the Bridge in Hosmer this afternoon. "This started as a small grass fire, but grew quickly in the windy conditions and moved into the surrounding timber, " says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Hockley. "Our team did an excellent job of actioning the fire quickly and getting it extinguished." 6 firefighters and 4 pieces of apparatus responded and it has now been turned over to the BC Wildfire Service.   "At this time of year, fires can easily get into the dead, dry grass from the fall and...
East Kootenay Emergency Management Program to Hold Emergency Preparedness Fair

April 17, 2024 - 8:30am

National Emergency Preparedness Week is approaching from May 5th – 11th and the East Kootenay Emergency Management Program will be holding an Emergency Preparedness Fair in Cranbrook to kick things off on May 4th. “Emergencies can happen at any time, and there are things we can do to make sure we are better prepared to respond,” says RDEK Protective Services Manager, Christina Carbrey. “It’s important for people to know which risks we face in this area and what they can do to help their family prepare for them. This fair will help residents learn which services are available for support...
Windermere Firefighters Respond to Equipment Fire

April 15, 2024 - 10:14pm

Windermere Firefighters Respond to Equipment Fire Members of the Windermere Fire Department responded to an equipment fire in Timber Ridge this evening. "Upon arrival, we found a piece of street sweeping equipment fully engulfed in flames," explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief, Joss Advocaat. "During the fire, one of the loader's tires failed from the heat and exploded causing a loud boom that could be heard from the surrounding area. The fire itself was contained to the one piece of equipment." In total, eight firefighters and three trucks from the Windermere Fire Department responded to the call.  There were no...
Columbia Valley Rural Fire Responds to Second Grass Fire in Less Than Two Weeks

April 10, 2024 - 3:15pm

Columbia Valley Rural Fire Responds to Second Grass Fire in Less Than Two Weeks Eight days after firefighters extinguished a grass fire south of Windermere, the Fairmont Fire Department responded to another grass fire call this afternoon. “A private property owner was burning a slash pile and it got away on them and into the dry grass,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Jon Tames. “We were fortunate today with the prevailing winds that the fire burned up to the highway, which created a natural barrier and gave us time to get it contained and fully extinguished. This is another example where we had a good result from what could have been a much...
Windermere Fire Responds to Grass Fire as Fine Fuels Dry Out

April 02, 2024 - 4:02pm

Members of the Windermere Fire Department responded to a grass fire south of Windermere this afternoon. “A private property owner was burning grass and it got away on them,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Drew Sinclair.  “When we arrived on scene, the fire had moved into a stacked wood pile and our firefighters did a good job of containing it quickly and preventing what could have been a much more serious situation.”   A total of eight firefighters and three pieces of apparatus responded to the small fire, which has now been fully extinguished. “This is a good reminder...
RDEK to Offer Evacuation Notification System Sign-Up Help

March 21, 2024 - 11:01am

The RDEK has launched a registration drive to increase the number of people signed up for the Regional Evacuation Notification System (ENS) and will be holding a series of registration events around the region over the next few weeks. The ENS is powered by Voyent Alert! and notifies residents and property owners only in case of evacuation orders or alerts during critical events such as wildfires, floods, or hazardous materials incidents. “This system is critically important in emergencies. It provides immediate notification when every second counts, and our goal is to have as many...
Structure Fire in Tie Lake Area Contained

March 02, 2024 - 11:09pm

Structure Fire in Tie Lake Area Contained Firefighters have contained a fire in a home on Thistle Road in the Tie Lake area. “We received an alarm call from a home on Thistle Road and upon investigating further, found a smoldering fire between two joists in the crawl space of the home,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Hockley. “Our teams were able to quickly isolate the issue and we will remain on site until everything is fully cooled down and extinguished.” Nine firefighters from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko Fire Departments and four pieces of apparatus responded to the call just...
RDEK Building Bylaw Updates to Start in April

March 01, 2024 - 8:29am

The new RDEK Building Bylaw will take effect next month and residents are being encouraged to become aware of how the changes may impact them. “Starting on April 1, there will be an excavation and footings inspection prior to concrete placement, which will put us in step with all of our neighbouring jurisdictions,” says RDEK Building Supervisor Kenley Barros. Additionally, there will be a non-refundable fee that will be required at the time of application submission.  This cost will be deducted from the total building permit fee once the application is approved. “The goal of this new fee...

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