Major Wildfire Threatening Caslegar; Residents Being Evacuated.
The City of Castlegar has activated its emergency operations centre at the fire hall.
Kim Wright of the Southeast Fire Centre says a 2-hectare wildfire is burning at Merry Creek 8km southwest of the city.
B-C Wildfire crews are assisting City fire fighters from the ground and with an air tanker and helicopter
They suspect it’s human caused.
Evacuations Orders have been issued for Meadowbrook Drive, Tassone Place, Highland Drive and the Castleview Care Centre.
Evacuated residents from the care home are going to the Castlegar and District Recreation Complex on 6th Avenue.
Highway 3 west of Castlegar is closed and traffic is being re-routed through Trail.
Emercency officials said the fire was contained within city limits by mid-afternoon, but continued to burn northwest of Highway 3 near the Merry Creek Forest Service Road.
RCMP confirmed the fatality after a tractor-trailer went on the highway while travelling through Trail early Thursday evening. The coroner is also investigating.
Council's decision to release portions of a third-party report into a complaint filed by the outgoing City of Trail's Chief Administrative and Financial Officer is under review.
Increased socialization, tourist travel and a relatively low vaccination rate all contributed to a 29 case spike in new COVID-19 infections through the Castlegar area last week, said I-H-A Medical Health Officer Dr. Karin Goodison.
The use of drones were once again hindering local wildfire fighting efforts. Wildfire Service staff were impacted by drone use in the Arrow Lake wildfire complex airspace on Wednesday, adding it could be deadly if a collision were to occur.
The Castlegar area has almost doubled its total COVID-19 count in just one week. The district added 29 infections from July 18-24 to become B-C's newest hot spot.
Another year and another challenge for a marathon swimmer from Rossland. Aerin Bowers has scheduled an 18km swim across Kalmalka Lake near Vernon on August 8th.
It took three tries, but Trail's Lauren Bay-Regula has her Olympic medal. The Canadian Women's Softball team beat Mexico 3-2 in the Bronze medal game during a driving rain in Yokohama, Japan.
The Port Moody B-C native was selected fifth overall late Friday afternoon by the Columbus Blue Jackets after a tremendous freshman season at the University of Michigan.
Nelson's Jubilee Manor had one patient and two staff members with infections as of Thursday afternoon according to Interior Health. Visitors are not being allowed into The I-H-A long-term care facility with 39 private rooms.