Many new lightning caused fires

Cooler temperatures gave an assist on fires over the weekend, but lightning caused many new starts across BC and the Southeast Fire Centre.

  • Jul. 13, 2015 8:00 a.m.

CAROLYN GRANT

Cooler temperatures gave an assist on some fires over the weekend, but lightning caused many new starts across the province and the Southeast Fire Centre.

Jordan Turner of the Southeast Fire Centre said on Saturday that there were 44 new lightning caused fires over Friday night across the area.

There was a new start  two kilometres south of Silverton and east of Highway 6, near Beaverton Creek and the base of Mount Aylwin. It was estimated at seven hectares in size on Saturday. BC Wildfire Service crews, helicopters and airtankers are on scene. The Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an Evacuation Alert in the area

Locally, the Baynes Lake fire is 100 per cent contained, with crews only mopping up hot spots. According to Loree Duczek of the RDEK the fire is no longer considered a ‘fire of note’.

Further north near Spillamacheen, there was no significant growth of the fire burning near the highway. It remains at 54 hectares and has been classed as 100 per cent contained. Contract firefighters and one officer remain on site but heavy equipment and air support has been moved out.

Other new starts include:

•  A 0.7 hectare fire near China Creek, three kilometres west of Castlegar

• A group of four small fires directly across Lower Arrow Lake from Deer Park

•  A 0.4 hectare fire near Nemo Creek, two kilometres off the west shore of Slocan Lake

“During times of increased activity, the BC Wildfire Service prioritizes fires and wildfire suppression response,” Turner said. “If fires are not posing an immediate threat to residences we may make resources available for higher priority incidents. The primary objectives of the BC Wildfire Service are the safety of our crews, along with protecting life and property.”

The busiest fire centres in the province currently are the Prince George Fire Centre where there are seven wildfires of note; the Coastal Fire Centre where there are six; and Kamloops where there are four fires of note.

In the Cariboo, the Puntzi Lake fire was over 7,000 hectares. An evacuation order is in effect and the Cariboo Regional District said Saturday that a resort, two permanent homes, a seasonal home and multiple outbuildings on four properties were confirmed lost in the fire.

The BC Wildfire Service is urging the public to be extra cautious in the backcountry. All person-caused fires are preventable and these incidents may affect the ability of the firefighting crews to respond to naturally occurring fires.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

Just Posted

The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)
Latest survey shows steady decline in adolescent substance use over the years

Starting in 2002, the survey has been conducted every two years to monitor changes in substance use patterns, attitudes and behaviors amongst East Kootenay youth.

The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.
Cranbrook Aquatic Center to close temporarily

The annual shutdown of the Aquatic Center at Western Financial Place will begin earlier than scheduled this year and does not have a defined end date at this time.

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 6 -12: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read