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Posted: July 20, 2017

Two new fires from last night’s lightning

Last night’s rain brought some lightning and a couple of new wildfires have sprung up in the East Kootenay.

BC Wildfire Service reports there is a five-hectare fire in the Shepp Creek area (east of Elko and west of the Flathead River Valley) and a 3.5 ha fire off the Leadville Forest Service Road, north of Kitchener. Both fires were started by lightning.

The Verdant Creek fire. Parks Canada image

Two fires continue to burn on the west side of the Purcells at Winter Creek (three ha), which began July 14, and at Glacier Creek (1.1 ha).

The Verdant Creek fire in Kootenay National Park and Assiniboine Provincial Park is now listed at 4,000 ha.

The fire is still on the west side of the Continental Divide, only about 2.5 km from Sunshine Village.

Parks Canada says the fire is “currently not a threat to local communities, including Banff, which is about 24 km from the fire, as well as Canmore, which is about 31 km from the blaze.


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