The White Tail Brook crackles with visible flames and sends up smoke.

Regional Rundown: Canal Flats keeps watchful eye on wildfire

We are certainly enjoying a wonderful summer with plenty of warm temperatures and little rain.

We are certainly enjoying a wonderful summer with plenty of warm temperatures and little rain. Unfortunately, with the hot and dry conditions come some issues which we can see by looking into the sky just east of us. I am, of course, talking about the fire that is burning up Nine Mile Creek (named the Whitetail Brook Fire by the Wildfire Management Branch).

At this point the fire is not a threat to the community. It is moving in the opposite direction and the Wildfire Management Branch is conducting a full response. They have set up a base camp in the elementary school and hired a communications officer who is in constant contact with the village, giving updates. We have also had a well-attended information meeting hosted by the Wildfire Management Branch. It was informative and put a lot of people at rest.

In the event, this or any other fire becomes a risk to the community, I wanted to assure everyone that the village does have an emergency plan in place and is ready to activate it as soon as it is deemed necessary. Our staff is highly trained and, in case of an emergency, we will be getting assistance from the Regional District of East Kootenay and the province.

In other news, council is in the process of discussing an economic development plan presented by our Economic Development Committee.

In addition, we have received a grant from the Columbia Basin Trust to hire a contractor to develop two community profiles — one business, one residential. There is a lot of information out there and we are looking to have it all compiled in one document that is easy to access for any potential investor or home buyer.

Ute Juras is the mayor of the Village of Canal Flats and a Regional District of East Kootenay director for the Columbia Valley.

Just Posted

Bounding into the great outdoors

Playwest Mountain Experience takes hikers into the wilderness.

Fat Man Yoga offers low intimidation workout

“I needed to do more stretching and more flexibility stuff for my fat man body,” said Ryan Karl.

Feds caught with consultative pants down as groyne issue flares up: PSPC urged to get second opinion

MP Stetski said that of local stakeholders “nobody was aware of the project.”

De Groot family still waiting for inquest after 2014 Slocan shooting

Lawyer for Peter De Groot’s family say many questions remain unanswered

Four-year-old girl one of two killed in highway crash near Creston

The 26-year-old driver of a Saturn SUV was also killed

VIDEO: Canadian zoos’ captive breeding programs help preserve endangered species

Programs considered last-ditch effort to prevent local extinctions of turtles, butterflies and more

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Telus customers enraged as outage hits fifth day has been down since Aug. 15

B.C. log export rules killing us, northwest harvester says

NorthPac Forestry says Skeena Sawmills has plenty of timber

Search crews find 4-year-old boy who went missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Most Read