BC Wildfire Service bulletin- 4:44 pm Saturday 15 August (*Picture – Topaz wildfire/Margaux Allard)
The Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 46 new fires since Thursday, almost all of which are believed to be lightning-caused.
Crews are responding to these new incidents in order of priority, with the protection of life and property being the main objectives.
Due to the quick response of BC Wildfire Service crews and the support of airtankers, helicopters and the BC Wildfire Service’s partners in the private-contracting community, most of these new fires have remained small.
Currently no new fires are immediately threatening any communities or structures.
The Southeast Fire Centre is responding to many public questions regarding a 820-hectare fire in the Deer Park area, 35 kilometres northeast of Castlegar. This fire is in a remote area and is not threatening any structures or communities.
The Midgley Mountain fire, formerly called Topaz Mountain, is currently estimated at 600 hectares and is not threatening any structures or communities. A 20-person BC Wildfire Service sustained action crew is on site, as well as two officers and two helicopters. This fire is highly visible from the community of Creston.
The Paulson Pass fire is currently estimated at 20 hectares. A four-person BC Wildfire Service Initial Attack crew is on site, as well as a helicopter. This fire is located north of Highway 3, which remains open. There are currently no plans to close the highway to vehicle traffic.
There has been heavy smoke in the Southeast region since Thursday morning. This smoke came from fires in Oregon, Idaho and Washington State. Depending on upper level winds, it may dissipate this evening and tomorrow. Some local fires may be adding to smoke conditions.
For information on fires in the U.S.A. please visit:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ The BC Wildfire Service once again encourages public input in reporting any new fires.
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, 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:www.bcwildfire.ca