The BC Wildfire Service says it may take a while to get a handle on the Quinn Creek wildfire.
The blaze has grown to more than 6,500 hectares (HA) and is roughly 24 kilometres away from Elkford which was put under an Evacuation Alert Tuesday.
Fire Information Officer Donna MacPherson says it is burning in very remote locations with steep cliffs so there are limited areas crews can work safely.
She says this makes it difficult for personnel to establish guard lines around the fire.
22 firefighters, two helicopters and five pieces of heavy equipment are battling the blaze Wednesday.
MacPherson says their priorities are to open areas to work and try to establish control lines.
This lightning caused fire originated in the Quinn Creek area, and winds moved it into the Bull Creek drainage.
The fire has been very active on the northern area of the fire within the Bull Creek drainage, with smoke and ash visible in the Elkford and Sparwood area.
The fire has not moved out of the Bull Creek drainage, and air tankers and helicopters have established a retardant line on the ridge on the east of the drainage to prevent further movement eastward.
MacPherson explains although there isn’t much precipitation hitting the fire, the good news is winds Wednesday could move the fire back into areas it has already burned.
She says temperatures are a bit cooler so that should help crews but they expect flames to be active.
Meanwhile, 164 firefighters, six helicopters and 11 pieces of heavy equipment are involved in efforts against the White River fires northwest of Elkford.
– Fire Information Officer Donna MacPherson