The South Country Fire Service is concerned Sunday’s wildfire near Baynes Lake is a sign of things to come.
Provincial wildfire crews have taken over an investigation into a wildfire near Baynes Lake.
The Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service responded to a 30 acre blaze close to the community Sunday afternoon.
Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hockley says increasing temperatures forecast this week could dry out grassy areas even faster and increase the wildfire risk.
“With the wind that was blowing, it will dry out the grass,” Hockley says. “Hopefully this is a one time thing. Otherwise, we could have a busy season this year again.”
Hockley says a second crew from the Province is expected Monday.
“They have an initial attack crew there right now,” Hockley says. “A second initial attack crew is supposed to be showing up and they are in the overhaul stage of the fire, so they are going around mopping up.”
The BC Wildfire Service reported earlier the Kerr Road fire near Baynes Lake was around 25 hectares in size.
Hockley says South Country residents need to keep in mind the dry conditions when planning any outdoor burning.
(Photo from the Regional District of East Kootenay)
– Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hockley, Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service