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Trail RCMP Update June 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2523

On May 28, 2019, at 5:44 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to the report of an intentionally set fire outside of the Gescan building in the 1300 block of Columbia Avenue, in Trail, BC. The RCMP conducted an investigation and identified an alleged suspect. The RCMP located and arrested the alleged 34-year-old male suspect near the area of the fire.

The 34-year-old male suspect will make his first court appearance on August 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.
The RCMP are still determining if there are any connections to the seven grass fires lit along Columbia Avenue on the Silver City Day Weekend, in May 2019.
The charge against the suspect will be Arson for causing damage to property contrary to Section 434 of the Criminal Code.

Additionally: Wildfire Prevention

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP are beginning to receive complaints of people throwing cigarette butts out of windows of vehicles. The RCMP would like to remind the public that discarded cigarette butts can start fires which can quickly become out of control due to the dry conditions in Trail and the Greater area. This could result in damage to property and serious harm or death to the public. Anyone caught throwing a cigarette butt out a vehicle window can face fines under the BC Motor Vehicle Act for littering. Any associated damage or harm to human life that result from this type of negligence can result in criminal and civil consequences to the perpetrator(s).

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2581

On May 31, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a complaint of a black bear roaming the neighbourhood in the area of Bay Avenue and Topping Street, in West Trail, BC. The bear was dispatched by the RCMP due to the risk to the general public which included children in the area at the time of the incident.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP remind the public to secure their garbage in an effort to reduce animal attractants and human-wildlife conflict.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2585

On May 31, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received a complaint of speeding vehicles during school hours in the Glenmerry Elementary School Zone, in Trail, BC. The RCMP would like to remind the public that school is still in operation until the end of the school year on June 27, 2019.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2596

On June 1, 2019, at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of an assault with a weapon at the Tunnel Pub located on Schofield Highway, in Trail, BC. A 54-year-old male was hit in the face with a beer glass by another 54-year-old male assailant during a verbal dispute. Alcohol was a factor in the situation. The assailant fled the scene; however, was located and arrested by the RCMP. The assailant was held in custody overnight and released on conditions not to communicate with the victim, not to attend the Tunnel Pub, and to abstain from the consumption of alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
The assailant will make his first court appearance on August 8, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2607

On June 2, 2019, at 5:53 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of a sudden death of a 60-year-old male along the Columbia River near the Bailey Street and Bay Avenue, in downtown Trail, BC. The death is not considered suspicious at this time and the BC Coroner Service is the lead investigating agency.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2616

On June 2, 2019, at 3:31 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 42-year-old male driver and his vehicle on the Schofield Highway, in Warfield, BC. The driver and vehicle was swerving in and out of his lane and smashed the side of his vehicle into the cement median at one point. The RCMP located the driver and his damaged vehicle. The driver found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by the RCMP officer. The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment will continue its enhanced campaign against impaired driving in order to make the roadways safer for the public throughout the summer.

Sergeant Mike Wicentowich
NCO i/c Trail Detachment
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Government of Canada
mike.wicentowich @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (remove spaces around @ to restore email address)
Tel: 250-368-2180
Cel: 250-231-1704
Fax: 250-364-1453

Valley Socked In With Smoke

The other day I had to visit the Museum so I did the ‘short cut’ up Hardy Mtn. Road and past the reservoir. On the way back I took a side trip further up Hardy to get a vantage point of the valley. And took a picture.

The next day it appeared to be much worse and I had to visit the museum once again so I took another pic from the same location. You can see the difference below.

The two fires to the north of us are still going . . . but the crews are holding the line – at least the southern line of the bigger fire.

For the closer fire (Toronto Creek)

Last updated: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Location: Approximately 12 km north of Downtown Grand Forks and about 2 kilometres east of Granby Road.
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Discovered: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Size: 12.0 hectares

Status: Active
• 70% contained
This fire is 70% contained. The remainder of this fire is burning in steep and difficult terrain. Crews are putting a line of hose on this section of fire.

This fire is in ‘being held’ status meaning that the fire has received sufficient suppression action that it is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions.

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Evacuation Alert is in effect.

As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an evacuation alert for properties along Granby Road and Volcanic Creek Road. For more information on this alert, please contact the RDKB at 250 368-0259 or visit their website at www.rdkb.com

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This fire is located in rugged terrain and is displaying active growth.

Crews are working to contain the fire using machine guard and natural features.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 5 firefighters
• 1 helicopters
• 1 heavy equipment
Ground crews continue to action this fire today with the aid of air support and heavy equipment.

 

For the further away fire (Lynch Creek)

Location: Approximately 25 km north of Downtown Grand Forks and about two km northeast of North Fork Road
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Discovered: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Size: 150.0 hectares

Status: Active
• 0% contained

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Evacuation Alert is in effect.

As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an evacuation alert for all properties from the junction of Miller Creek Forest Service Road to kilometre 34 on Granby Road. The Granby River is the western boundary. For more information on this alert, please contact the RDKB at 250 368-0259 or visit their website at www.rdkb.com

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The Lynch Creek FSR is closed. Click here for a detailed map.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 50 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 8 heavy equipment
Good progress has been made with containment lines on the south flank of this fire. Crews continue to work on containment on the northwest flank of this fire with the support of heavy equipment and bucketing helicopters.

Evacuation Alert Expanded – Aug 14

On August 14th a new Evacuation Alert for properties north of Grand Forks was added to the two previous ones. Today, Aug 17, the town of Kimberley was put on evacuation alert.

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Addresses affected:
12425 North Fork Road
12430 North Fork Road
12436 North Fork Road
12440 North Fork Road
12450 North Fork Road
12455 North Fork Road
12540 North Fork Road
12550 North Fork Road
12620 North Fork Road
12630 North Fork Road
12635 North Fork Road
12645 North Fork Road
12750 North Fork Road
12800 North Fork Road
12835 North Fork Road
12955 North Fork Road
13005 North Fork Road
13105 North Fork Road
13111 North Fork Road
13115 North Fork Road
13125 North Fork Road
13815 North Fork Road
13825 North Fork Road
13860 North Fork Road
16525 North Fork Road