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Lightning sparks increased wildfire activity in the Southeast Fire Centre

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 29th, 2018

Ongoing lightning has sparked several fires in the Southeast Fire Centre a media release Saturday said.

The good news is these fires, once which is burning approximately 14 kilometers south of Rossland, are not currently affecting any communities or structures and are being addressed in priority sequence.

“The Santa Rosa Creek fire is currently estimated at 32 hectares in size and is located about 14 kilometres south west of Rossland and approximately one kilometre north of the Canada-U.S. border,” the release said.

“In recent days, this fire received aviation support from skimmers filling on Christina Lake.

“Ground crews are on site today, along with the support of heavy equipment, helicopters and tankers.”

Another fire of concern is the Whitetail Creek fire, currently estimated at 123 hectares in size. This wildfire is locjust outside of Kootenay National Park, approximately 40 kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs.

Southeast Fire Centre said as a precaution, Parks Canada has issued an area closure for the area near Luxor Pass trail, West Kootenay trail and Dolly Varden trail. Please visit Parks Canada's website for full area closure details and future updates.

“This fire may be highly visible from local communities and when travelling East on Highway 93,” the release said.

Southeast Fire Centre said good progress has been made on the Hobo Creek fire located approximately 35 kilometres south east of Golden.

This wildfire is approximately 90 hectares and is now being held, meaning that sufficient suppression action has been taken and the fire is not likely to spread beyond exiting or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions.

For the latest on evacuation alerts for this area, please visit the Columbia Shuswap Regional District's website

For more information on wildfires in your area, please visit the ministry's interactive map online.

The fire danger rating in the Southeast Fire Centre is currently predominately 'high' with sections of 'extreme' and small pockets of 'moderate'. A link to the fire danger rating can be found here.

The BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that a campfire prohibition is in effect for the entire Southeast Fire Centre. With new fire starts anticipated as a result of the high fire danger rating, combined with lightning and seasonal temperatures in the forecast, it is crucial to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, so the BC Wildfire Service can deal with any naturally occurring fires.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire 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

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