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Posted: July 15, 2021

BCWS gains upper hand in region

BC Wildfire Service has once again gained the upper hand in the East Kootenay, with no new fires being reported today (July 15) and a host of wildfires now off the books.

Only seven fires are currently appearing on the BC Wildfire Service Wildfire Dashboard for the East Kootenay, with only one considered out of control.

That fire is at Bill Nye Mountain southeast of Wasa. Discovered July 8 it is holding at .6 hectares.

The nearby Big Lake fire, discovered July 13, is ‘being held’ at 11 ha.

All the fires in the South Country are out, with the exception of the Gold Mountain fire, about 45 km southeast of Cranbrook. Discovered July 9, the fire is under control at 1.31 ha.

The lightning-caused Moyie River fire, about 11 km from Lumberton, remains under control at 29 ha.

There is one fire remaining about 4.5 km southwest of Canal Flats at Centaur Lake. Discovered July 10, the lightning-started fire is under control at three ha.

The Bear Creek fire, burning on the east side of the Rockies, on the western edge of the Kootenay Valley, 17 km east of Invermere, is under control at 1.5 ha.

The Granite Creek fire in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy, discovered July 3, is being held at 26 ha.

The Carney Creek fire, about 20 km northwest of Granite Creek on the western side of the Purcells, is out of control at five ha.

The four large fires north of Creston and east of Kootenay Lake continue to rage.

The lightning-caused Kamma Creek fire, discovered July 10 about 20 km north of Kitchener, remains out of control at 140 ha.

The Akokli Creek fire, less than six km from Boswell is out of control at 238 ha, up from 95 ha yesterday. The lightning ignited fire was discovered July 9.

The Redding Creek fire, about eight km northeast of the Akokli Creek fire, remains out of control at 100 ha. The lightning-caused fire was discovered July 11.

The Cultus Creek- Modified Response blaze discovered July 2 on the west side of Kootenay Lake, north of the Next Creek Forest Service Road, is out of control at 611 ha, up from 460 ha on July 14.


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