The Regional District of East Kootenay has provided an update regarding local fire conditions as of 4:00 pm today.
City of Kimberley
The evacuation ALERT put into place on August 16 remains in effect for the City of Kimberley. The evacuation ALERT area includes the entire City of Kimberley municipal boundary and a handful of properties in the RDEK directly south and southeast of the City of Kimberley.
Meachen Creek – St. Mary Lake – (N11886)
The evacuation ORDER for 65 addresses in the St. Mary Lake area issued on August 16 remains in place. The order area includes St Mary Lake area from the West boundary of the City of Kimberley to the Redding Creek/St Mary River convergence including St Mary Road and Lakefront Road. It does NOT include the City of Kimberley.
There was no change or concern with the fire overnight. More resources are on their way including an Incident Management Team, retardant pit, three heavy lift helicopters, and a structural protection unit trailer and crew. There is no indication that alerts or orders will change today. Crews continue to build guard with the aid of heavy equipment and air support. Retardant lines will be placed by helicopters to reinforce the guards. The area is being assessed for potential planned ignition operations to support containment. Planned ignition operations will take place when conditions allow, likely tomorrow afternoon. Expect to seen increased smoke during times of ignition.
Lost Dog Complex Fire (N12413)
This fire is currently estimated at 706 hectares. The smaller two fires in the complex are now “being held” and ground crews are onsite mopping up. Resources on site include 45 firefighters, 3 helicopters and 4 pieces of heavy equipment.
Evacuation ALERT remains in place for 121 address points in the Ta Ta Creek Area. The fire is burning approximately 7 km northwest of Ta Ta Lake.
Leach Creek (N12565)
This fire is located approximately 3km north of Mount Taylor and 21 km southeast of Sparwood. This fire remains estimated at 30 hectares in size.
The fire is 95% guarded and being held, meaning that sufficient suppression action has been taken that the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing boundaries under the prevailing forecasted weather conditions.
Crews are working to strengthen guards today. Good progress has been made with no spread of the fire overnight.
Mt. Erickson (N12574)
This is a lightning caused fire NE of Sparwood. It is currently highly visible from Highway 3 and estimated at 4 hectares.
Coal Creek FSR (N12395)
The Coal Creek Fire remains estimated at 713 hectares. This fire is not currently threatening communities. The Coal Creek Forest Service Road is closed beginning at the 33 km mark. The Leach Creek Forest Service Road is restricted beginning at the junction of Leach Creek Forest Service Road. The Corbin Road, and Morrisey Creek Forest Service Road are restricted beginning at the 0.3 km on Morrisey Forest Service Road, from the junction with Morrisey Road. There are currently 11 firefighters on site, and helicopters are supporting this fire today.
Cross River Fire/Nipika Mountain Resort – (N21982)
The Cross River Fire is currently estimated at 2921 hectares and continues to burn in steep, difficult terrain. Currently, they have 26 firefighters, 1 helicopter and 6 pieces of heavy equipment on site. Crews continue to establish contingency guard.
The evacuation ORDER for 9 properties on Settlers Road and Cross River FSR remains in place.
The fire is located approximately 23 km northeast of the Village of Radium.
Sage Creek (N12024)
The fire is estimated at 1947 hectares. 106 firefighters, 13 helicopters, 2 airtankers and an Alberta Incident Management Team are on site. It is producing a large column of smoke that is highly visible. It is located approximately 65km southeast of Fernie along the BC/AB border. A number of Forest Service Road restrictions remain in place – check the BC Wildfire website for details.
Whitetail Creek (N41525)
The Whitetail Creek fire is currently estimated at 576 hectares and is located about 40km from Radium. This fire is about 50% guarded and 20% contained. It does not pose a threat to Radium Hot Springs or other local communities at this time. This fire does not currently pose a risk to visitors of Kootenay National Park; however, as a precautionary measure, area closures and smoke advisories have been put into place by Parks Canada. 22 firefighters, 3 pieces of heavy equipment continue to establish guards and connect existing roads. Crews continue hand ignition operations.
Forest Service Road restrictions are in place around this fire, please check the BC Wildfire website.
Larch Creek (N12515)
This fire is burning west of the community of Newgate near the US border. It has been renamed the Bloom/Wickman fire from the Larch Creek fire and is estimated at 577 hectares.
Randal Creek (N72436)
The Randal Creek fire (known in the US as the Davis Fire) is burning both sides of the Canada/US border approximately 17km southeast of Yahk. Neither Yahk not Kingsgate are included in the evacuation alert. Campers and recreationalists are urged to follow local media reports and reliable information sources to stay informed on the status of the fiore so that they are prepared should conditions worsen. The fire is currently estimated at 879 hectares. 21 firefighters, 2 helicopters and 2 pieces of heavy equipment are on site.
An area restriction is in effect for the area past the 6 km mark on the Yahk Meadow Creek Road.
An evacuation ALERT for 1 address remains in place. Neither Yahk nor Kingsgate are included in the evacuation alert.
Wardle Creek Fire
Parks Canada continues to manage this wildfire in Kootenay National Park. Significant progress has been made toward containing the fire; and there has been no significant growth on the fire since August 12. No local communities are at risk from the Wardle wildfire.
Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park continues to be affected by wildfire, smoke and fire suppression activities, and is subject to temporary closures or reduced speeds to ensure the safety of the public. Check www.DriveBC.caand www.511.alberta.ca for possible temporary closures, alternate routes and the most up-to-date information.
Akenside Creek Fire (N21714)
No significant change to report on this fire – which remains estimated at 515 hectares.
Bow River Fire (N12407)
Fire continues to be estimated at 760 hectares.
Morrissey Area Fires/ South of Lost Boys Pass/Mcdermid (N12563)
This fire is located 2km south of Lost Boys pass and is estimated at 70 hectares.
South Line Creek (N12685)
This fire was discovered August 15 and is currently estimated to be 15 hectares.
Elk Valley (South of Mount Fernie) (12507)
This fire is suspected to be lightning caused and 1.10 hectares.
– Files from RDEK Facebook