Fire crews in Fernie are actively monitoring the nearby Coal Creek wildfire.
The blaze covers about 713 hectares and is burning about 12 kilometres east of Fernie.
Chief Ted Ruiter says they are confident in the efforts of provincial fire crews, but residents need to be ready for anything.
“They seem to be managing it quite well. I was up for a flight a few days back to get a birds eye view of what’s taking place,” Ruiter says. “They are confident that they’ve got things under control, but that’s not to say that if there was a change in weather or wind direction, it could be a bit more challenging for us.”
He says its important residents maintain their properties in case embers are blown into the city.
“Those embers get airborne and they do stay alive for quite some distance, so if that was the case, the embers could land on your property and if there was underbrush and vegetation, these things could catch on and obviously spread to neighbouring properties,” Ruiter says. “The idea is to mitigate these threats.”
Ruiter is encouraging Fernie residents to take in a FireSmart Demonstration Project this weekend.
He says it’ll teach residents how to mitigate threats from nearby wildfires by dealing with underbrush near your property.
The Demonstration is happening Saturday from 9 am – 4pm at the St Margaret’s Cemetary (Ridgemont Area)
The Coal Creek Fire is has resulted in a number of Forest Service Road closures.
More info can be found here.
– Fernie Fire Chief, Ted Ruiter