September 14, 2020 – Air Quality Update

As I’m sure everyone is aware, the air quality is at a very high risk. The smoke from all the wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California are the culprit. It is advised that any outdoor activities should be limited and anyone with any respiratory issues should stay inside. Using data from two of the reporting stations nearest Midway (Castlegar and South Okanagan) it is forecasted that air quality should improve this afternoon.
Here are the links to each reporting station’s 18hr forecast:
Castlegar – https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/next18Hourlies/bcaq-021_e.html
South Okanagan – https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/next18Hourlies/bcaq-013_e.html

September 11, 2020 Customs Rd Fire Update

Update from the Fire Chief regarding the Customs Rd fire, along with a supporting document from WA authorities: “Fire Activity on the Customs Road fire was determined as ‘minimal’ last night. This enabled firefighters to strengthen Fire lines and Control areas. Indication this morning is that More Apparatus and crews are moving in with additional hose and equipment to set up for the start of mop up procedures. On the southeast flank of the fire mop up has commenced already.No new information with regard to any concerns from BC Wild Fire with respect to the Customs Road fire.”

Update on Customs Road Fire in Curlew Area from MVFD Fire Chief

“Fire still being held at 2288 acres. About 15% contained. Fire line constructed around much of the burn area. BC Wildfire did send fixed wing tankers to assist yesterday because Washington state has had so many other significant fires. No notices or warnings from BC Wildfire.”
BC Wildfire is in close contact with their Washington State counterparts. Any further updates will be sent to our Fire Chief by BC Wildfire, which we will provide here and on our Facebook page.

Trail System Fire Safety

The Village of Midway would like to urge people to remain vigilant and be extremely cautious with any activity that could spark a wildfire.

PLEASE REFRAIN FROM SMOKING WHILE WALKING, HIKING OR BIKING ALONG ANY OF THE TRAIL SYSTEMS AND BACK ROADS.

The fire threat remains high all across the Province and it is up to all of us to ensure a major event does not happen in Midway and the surrounding areas.

Fire Department Years of Service

Fire Chief Walter Osellame
Fire Chief Walter Osellame

Congratulations to Midway Fire Department Fire Chief Walt Osellame on his 25-year long-service medallion and his 35-year long-service bar. And to MVFD Deputy Chief Keith Martin on his 25-year long-service medallion. The Mayor, Council, Staff, and Residents of the Village of Midway thank you both for your hard work and dedication to serving and protecting our Village and rural area.

Deputy Chief Keith Martin
Deputy Chief Keith Martin
Bob Peters

Congratulations to Midway Fire Department member Bob Peters on his 20-year long-service medallion and to Safety Officer Gordon Kamigochi on his 25-year long-service medallion. Bob received his medal in September of 2017 and Gordon received his medal in June of 2018.  The Mayor, Council, Staff,  and Residents of the Village of Midway thank you both for your hard work and dedication to serving and protecting our Village and rural area.

Gord Kamigochi

Gateway (Stekthal) Learning Circle

Gateway Learning Circle Midway
Gateway Learning Circle Midway

Thank you to everyone who attended the Unveiling and Blessing Ceremony of the Gateway (Stekthal) Learning Circle today at the Entwined Trees Park in Midway. A big thanks to our Public Works and Parks crew for all their hard work, time, and equipment used to prepare the site. More pictures can be found on our Facebook Page.