A wildfire was discovered yesterday six km northwest of Genelle and about seven km west of Blueberry, according to Fire Information Officer Ashley Davidoff.
“It’s roughly 22 hectares in size,” Davidoff said, adding the blaze is believed to be lightning-caused.
“Resources on site today include ground crews and two bucketing helicopters,” she said. “It’s burning on a ridgetop, and is not currently threatening any communities.”
The Deer Creek wildfire (N52489) has now grown to approximately 439 hectares and is still being responded to by BC Wildfire Service. Due to wildfire activity and forecast conditions, the Southeast Fire Centre has recommended the current Evacuation Alert in the area be immediately upgraded to an Evacuation ORDER for 13 properties in the north part of the alert area as a precaution.
The Air Quality Index in Castlegar has improved to ‘unhealthy’ from yesterday’s ‘hazardous – a dramatic improvement, but that’s the least of today’s good news.
Environment Canada is now calling for low temperatures and rain over the weekend, beginning Thursday night, and carrying on, potentially, through until at least Monday (see forecast here https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-21_metric_e.html ).
On the advice of the BC Wildfire Service, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has rescinded an evacuation alert for 22 addresses near the Toronto Creek Fire, on the east side of the Granby River Valley. The Toronto Creek Fire is now fully contained and guarded, and classified as under control by the BC Wildfire Service.
All current Evacuation ALERTS remain in effect:
- Bulldog Mountain wildfire, affecting the area along Lower Arrow Lake from Renata to Shields
- Deer Creek wildfire, affecting the area from south of Deer Park at Cayuse Creek, northwest along the lake to the end of Broadwater Road, and north to the end of Deer Creek Forest Service Road
- Syringa Creek wildfire, affecting all of Syringa Provincial Park and southeast along Lower Arrow Lake to the Hugh Keenleyside Dam in Robson
A local pastor has apparently expanded her repertoire from saving locals from hellfire to saving locals from truck fires as well, after an incident Monday morning in Blueberry.
The incident occurred just after 11 a.m.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre continues to monitor the wildfire situation in the Boundary region,
RDKB staff said there are currently more than 151 fires burning within the Southeast Fire Centre with 80 addresses remaining on Evacuation Alert in the region, including three areas near the Santa Rosa, Toronto Creek and Lynch Creek fires.
RDKB staff said there are no change to alerts at this time. (Updated information in Bold Print.)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued Evacuation ALERTS for two areas:
Smoke from wildfires throughout BC has prompted Interior Health to once again issue a statement cautioning the public about the poor air quality.
Dr. Trevor Corneil, Chief Medical Health Officer & VP Population Health said in the statement that wildfires across the province have resulted in smoky skies and poor air quality for many Interior Health communities.
There are currently several road closures and area restrictions in effect within the Southeast Fire Centre to help ensure the safety of the public and firefighting personnel and to avoid interference with fire-control activities, including Highway 3 Kootenay Pass.
The Highway was forced to shutdown due to an increase in smoke and rolling debris from this fire tonight. In the interest of public safety, Highway 3 is now closed in both directions.