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Posted: August 5, 2022

Cummings Creek wildfire grows as two more ignite in region

The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) today reported the Cummings Creek wildfire, about six km northwest of Sparwood, is now an estimated 10 hectares, while two new fires ignited yesterday in the East Kootenay.

A BCWS birddog reconnaissance flight of the Cummings Creek wildfire happened yesterday afternoon and it confirmed that the fire is continuing to display characteristics of a low vigour surface fire with occasional candling within the fire’s perimeter.

The fire size is now 10 hectares due to more accurate mapping. This fire continues to burn in steep, inoperable terrain at this time.

Further assessment of this fire is ongoing; and although it is highly visible from the community of Sparwood and surrounding areas, the fire is not currently posing a threat to structures, BCWS stated.

There are two new wildfires in the East Kootenay today.

The first new fire, discovered August 4 in the Weasel Creek on the Canada/US border about 26 km east of Roosville, is already listed at about 250 ha in size. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

A second fire, believed to be started by lightning, is located near Gilnockie Provincial Park, about 28 km east of Yahk. The fire is an estimated one ha.

The Stair Lakes fire, located on the edge of St. Mary Alpine Lake northwest of Kimberley, discovered July 31, remains out of control at 40 ha.

A three-ha fire in the Mount Docking area east of Radium Hot Springs, discovered July 30, remains out-of-control.

Lead image: The Cummings Creek wildfire. BC Wildfire Service photo

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