Forest Fire Cranbrook

BC Wild Fire Service puts out fire near cranbrook

Chad St. Pierre Photo

Chad St. Pierre Photo

 
 

BC Wild Fire Service puts out fire near cranbrook

BC Wild Fire Service puts out fire near Cranbrook.

The hot, dry and windy conditions are causing wildfires in the Kootenays region to flare up and are proving a difficult fight for firefighters.

Some of the wildfires are in a difficult location, therefore the wildfire service says it is taking a modified response approach to fighting them. They are being monitored only or limited sections of the fires are being responded to when it is safe and effective for crews to do so.

MAP: Location of wildfires burning around B.C.

Here is a look at the some of the wildfires burning in the Kootenays:

Kenow Mountain wildfire

This wildfire is located about six kilometres north of the U.S. border, 71 kilometres southeast of Baynes Lake. It has now crossed the border into Alberta.

It is estimated to be 4,420 hectares and was caused by lightning. It is not currently threatening any communities and is moving in a northeast direction. Alberta Forest Service is looking to implement containment lines along the height of land to slow down the fires progression into the province.

Elder Creek wildfire

This wildfire is located on the U.S. border, approximately 64 kilometres from Baynes Lake. It is an estimated 750 hectares in size and B.C. wildfire crews are coordinating with U.S. firefighters. It is currently not threatening any communities.

The cause of this fire is under investigation.

Lodgepole FSR wildfire

This wildfire is burning about 33 kilometres southeast of Fernie. It’s an estimated 1,751 hectares in size and was caused by lightning.

An increase in fire behaviour has made this an unsafe fire to fight at this time. It is being closely monitored and is not currently threatening any communities.

There is a forest service road closure on the Lodgepole Forest Service Road. However, at this time this area is inaccessible due to the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District backcountry closure.

Soowa Mountain wildfire

This lightning-caused wildfire is estimated to be 530 hectares in size and burning about 20 kilometres east of Baynes Lake. It is not currently threatening any communities.

Three BC Wildfire Service personnel have worked to establish a guard for this fire as well as set up structural protection units. However, an increase in fire behaviour has made this fire unsafe for crews. The fire is being closely monitored.

Quinn Creek wildfire

This wildfire is located approximately 35 kilometres northeast of Sparwood near Top of the World Provincial Park.

It is an estimated 2,700 hectares in size and was started by lightning.

Twenty-four firefighters have set up structural protection but an increase in fire behaviour has made this fire unsafe for crews.

The fire is being closely monitored.

Linklater Creek (formally Mount Robinson)

This wildfire of note is burning 18 kilometres southwest of Newgate, which is 65 kilometres southeast of Cranbrook.

It is not threatening any structures at this time.

It is an estimated 760 hectares in size in Canada but approximately 6,100 hectares of this fire continue to burn in the USA.

Additional information on this fire can also be found here.

Fire crews say people in the area can expect to see an increase in smoke from this fire during peak temperature times and windy conditions. Smoke is highly visible from Newgate, Lake Koocanusa and surrounding areas. The U.S. Forest Service is currently fighting this fire with air support including airtankers.