Several large fires continue to burn in the region.
Highway 93 is still closed between Radium Hot Springs and the Alberta Border due to wildfire activity in Kootenay National Park. Area closures are also still in effect.
The 290 hectare Whitetail Creek Fire is 35 per cent guarded and only 15 per cent contained, with 70 firefighters and seven helicopters working on it.
The nearby Wardle wildfire in the Vermillion Valley continues to move north and is now estimated at 1000 hectares.
The Mount Dickson fire north of Creston is 40 hectares in size and still active.
And the Sage Creek fire near the Alberta Border south of Blairmore is 120 hectares.
Five new fire starts were reported throughout the region Thursday due to lightning strikes. All of those are less than one hectare.
The new fire starts in the Columbia Valley are at Hobo Creek (0.2), Marion Forest Service Road (0.01), Wolverine Forest Service Road (0.01) and Fisher Creek (0.06).
Another fire less than a hectare is reported at Canuck Creek near the US Border south of Yahk.
(Picture of the Whitetail Creek Fire provided by the Regional District of East Kootenay)