The BC Wildfire Service is battling a 30 hectare fire northwest of Fernie.
Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy says crews were called the blaze Sunday afternoon in the Bull River area – about 24km away from Fernie.
Shaughnessy says the blaze is currently considered “out of control”.
She says, as Monday morning, they have one unit crew and three pieces of heavy equipment working to establish a guard rail around the fire.
Shaughnessy says the blaze is believed to be person caused as lightning is not factor.
She adds the fire danger rating in the East Kootenay is mainly moderate with a couple of “high” pockets.
To date this season, there have been 18 fires in the Southeast Fire District that have burned 38 hectares.
Six of those were caused by lightning while the remainder are believed to be human caused.
On this date last year, there were a total of 37 fires in the district that had burned 312 hectares.
– SE Fire Centre Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy