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Yet another forest fire in region mobilizes crews

Fire-bomber planes are in the air over Castlegar again, this time responding to a roughly-four-hectare blaze about 10 km north of Slocan and about 16 km south of New Denver (but on west side of the lake), in Valhalla Park near Beatrice Creek.

Karlie Shaughnessy of the Southeast Fire Centre says nothing (structures, power lines, etc.) is threatened by this fire at this time.

"The planes are just laying retardant guard around the fire until crews can get there," she said, adding the fire was just reported this afternoon (Monday) and was likely lightning caused.

A burning ban is in effect across the region (see http://castlegarsource.com/news/southeast-fire-centre-reminds-public-open-fire-ban-26158#.UiUavz8dLtQ)