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Posted: August 15, 2022

Mount Docking wildfire flares up east of Radium

Radium Hot Springs and area residents are now fully aware of the Mount Docking wildfire, approximately 27 kilometres east of the village and approximately seven kilometres east of Kootenay National Park.

A large plume of smoke has risen in the past 24 hours as Increased temperatures and reduced humidity have made the fire become more active, BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) reported.

The wildfire is now an estimated 341 hectares, up from 36 ha 24 hours earlier.

“With this heightened fire behaviour, smoke is now highly visible from Radium Hot Springs, Invermere, surrounding communities, as well as motorists traveling on Highway 95.

“A resource officer is en route to do a reconnaissance flight and undertake resource planning. There is one hunting cabin in the vicinity with structure protection already in place. No other structures are currently threatened,” BCWS stated August 14.

The fire was started by lightning on July 30.

There is one new fire in the East Kootenay reported overnight at Jordan Lake, about nine km west of Spillimacheen (west of the Columbia Wetlands).

Suspected to be lightning-caused, the fire is about one-tenth of a hectare.

An update on the region’s fires of note will be published later today once updated information is available.


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