The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre said there is a bit of good news regarding wildfires in the region after an evacuation alert for 25 addresses near the Lynch Creek Fire was rescinded as of 11:30 a.m. August 24.
The RDKB EOC said the Lynch Creek Fire is now fully contained and guarded, and classified as under control by the BC Wildfire Service.
In other news:
Thanks to Mother Nature for the precipitation, but Environment Canada said the Special Air Quality Statement remains in place for most of BC and Southern Alberta.
"Community downwind of wildfires will continue to experience periods of elevated concentrations of fine particulate matter and poor air quality through the weekend, however increased dispersion from winds aloft combined with showers over the coming days will lead to incremental improvement for some regions," Environment Canada said.
This is news that can only help calm the nerves of residents within the Regional District of Central Kootenay — “once again reported no changes to any of the wildfires of note.”
In a media release Sunday afternoon, RDCK Emergency Operations Centre said BC Wildfire Services reports calm for now in the RDCK.
However, Evacuations ALERTS and ORDERS remain for now.
Rapid response by the BC Wildfire crews with assistance from Balfour/Harrop and North Shore Fire Departments managed to avert what could have been a major disaster near Queens Bay townsite Tuesday afternoon.
Balfour/Harrop Assistant Chief George Mathieson told The Nelson Daily the call came in shortly after 4 p.m. of a grass fire above Queens Bay townsite. Mathieson said a tree had fallen across the FortisBC main power line to Coffee Creek resulting in the small brush fire.
Interior Health said in a media release Wednesday, that the provincial Animal Health Centre lab has confirmed two dead ravens from Kimberley that have been submitted as part of routine surveillance have tested positive for West Nile virus.
Interior Health said this is the first evidence of West Nile virus activity in the province this year.
“To date, there have no human cases reported, no positive mosquito pools identified, and no positives identified by Canadian Blood Services through their screening program,” the media release said.
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