A local wildfire has seen a surge in size Saturday.
The St Marys River fire is now believed to be 398 hectares. 41 firefighters, two helicopters and 13 heavy equipment are working to establish a machine guard around the perimeter of the blaze. This has prompted an evacuation notice in the Fort Steele area and the evacuation of 40 properties by the St Marys Band.
The Lamb Creek fire near Moyie remains 220 hectares in size and has prompted evacuation orders for 223 properties on the south end of Moyie and for 174 properties in the north part of Moyie, Mineral and Monroe Lakes.
The Linklater Creek fire 65 kilometres southeast of Cranbrook has seen no change and remains 647 hectares in size in the United States and covers 50 hectares in Canada. Smoke is highly visible in the Lake Koocanusa area. An evacuation alert has been issued for the Newgate and West Koocanusa area in response to this fire.
The wildfire near the Lodgepole Forest Service Road east of Elko has been downgraded in size. Originally, it was said to cover over 600 hectares, but currently is believed to be 289 hectares and remains active. It was caused by lightning and is not threatening any structures or communities at this time.
– Jeff Johnson