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Posted: August 15, 2021

Small fire reported west of Koocanusa marina

BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) this afternoon reports a new wildfire in the Plumbob Mountain area, about 11 km southwest of Cutt’s Marina and the Lake Koocanusa boat launch.

The fire is an estimated .01 hectare. Its cause is unknown at this time.

East Kootenay wildfire update

Bill Nye Wildfire as seen from Wasa in mid July. e-KNOW file photo

The Bill Nye Mountain Wildfire, now more than five weeks old, continues to burn at 2,990 ha. However, fire activity continues to be stable, BCWS reported.

“A drone scan was completed Saturday night to assess the level of fire activity in inaccessible terrain in Lewis Creek, as well as along the south and east flanks of the fire. Results will be reviewed on Sunday to determine appropriate action,” BCWS reported today.

“Firefighters continue patrolling and are making good progress suppressing hot spots along the northeast flank of the fire in Lewis Creek. Heavy equipment continues improving control lines and rehabilitating unused machine guards. A helicopter is available for aerial monitoring and to support ground crews if required, though this is not anticipated.

“Demobilization of equipment will start in areas where it is no longer required for redistribution to other fires.”

Winds will increase this afternoon to a forecast 15-30 km/h, with potential gusts up to 40-50 km/h, continuing overnight and into Monday, bringing the potential for an increase in fire behaviour across the Southeast Fire Centre.

The Tanglefoot Creek fire, southeast of the Bill Nye fire, remains out-of-control at 540 ha.

The person-caused fire at Little Bull Creek, discovered August 11, is being held at .3 ha. The fire is just west of the Warner-Fort Steele Road, about three km south of Norbury Lake.

The person-caused Mineral Creek fire, about 26 km southwest of Invermere, is being held at 103 ha. The fire was discovered July 23.

Finally, the Ptarmigan Creek fire north of Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park is under control at 62 ha.


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