BC Wildfire Service responds to fire near Pass Creek
The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a fire in the Slocan Valley reported Tuesday afternoon.
The BC Wildfire Service said fire, approximately 15 kilometers north of Castlegar near Pass Creek, is currently estimated to be 10 hectares in size.
The BC Wildfire Service said ground crews, including initial attack firefighters and a unit crew, were on scene suppressing the fire Tuesday afternoon supported by aircraft, including skimmers and helicopters.
The BC Wildfire Service said the fire is visible from Castlegar and surrounding communities, as well as in the Slocan Valley from Highway 6.
The BC Wildfire Service said there are currently 60 wildfires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre.
The BC Wildfire Service said there have been 1808 fires this year in the province with 368 currently burning and six new wildfires reported in the past 24 hours.
The public is reminded that Category 1 campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited as well everyone should be responsible with any activity that could potentially create a wildfire.
Human-caused wildfires are fully preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources from naturally occurring wildfires.
To report a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories, visit our webpage.
The wildfire is currently estimated to be 10 hectares in size. — Submitted photo