Smoke from fires south of border impact Boundary Region
Three wildfires burning south of the United States border may be visible from communities in the Southeast Fire Centre including Grand Forks, Midway, Rock Creek and surrounding areas.
Winds in northeast Washington state where these fires are burning are pushing the fires south, away from the border. There is no threat to Canadian communities or values from these fires at present.
Heavy smoke in the Southeast Fire Centre continues to flow in from the B.C. Interior.
As of Friday, August 13, 2021, the status of these Washington wildfires is as follows:
The Nine Mine fire (11 kilometres south of Christina Lake, B.C.)
- The Nine Mine fire is located approximately 7 kilometres southeast of Laurier, WA, along Highway 395 North. It is currently estimated at 56 hectares and there are 107 personnel assigned to this incident.
The Spur fire (24 kilometres south of Rock Creek, B.C.)
- The Spur fire is currently estimated at 4152 hectares. It is part of a complex that includes two other wildfires: the Walker Creek fire (441 hectares) and the Chickadee fire (262 hectares). Crews have been working to establish a guard along the northern perimeter of the fire though it is growing southward under current wind conditions. There are 211 personnel assigned to the fire.
The Bulldog Mountain fire (29 kilometres southeast of Grand Forks, B.C.)
- The Bulldog Mountain fire is burning 32 kilometres north of Kettle Falls, WA, in the Colville National Forest. The fire is estimated at 809 hectares and there are 175 personnel assigned to a complex that also includes the Mack Mountain fire.
Winds are anticipated to shift Sunday, which may result in smoke from these fires pushing northward. The BC Wildfire Service is in contact with counterparts in the U.S. and closely monitoring the situation.
For up-to date information about wildfires burning in the United States, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/