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Posted: July 3, 2021

Wildfire battles continue on several fronts

Chad St. Pierre Photography

The nastiest heat wave in memory continues to be responsible for a steady dose of new wildfires in the East Kootenay, while the fight continues on several fires ignited in the past few days.

Wildfire BC is this morning reporting the wildfire in the Lumberton area, near the Moyie River, has expanded to 10 hectares in scale as the fight continues with water bombers utilizing Moyie Lake.

The Bootleg/Matthew Creek fire near Kimberley is today listed as under control at .36 ha.

The lightning-caused Stanford Range fire discovered July 2 is noted as being 1.2 ha in size. It is about 17 km east of Invermere, and is visible from Mount Swansea.

The Toby Creek fire discovered July 2 is now under control at .03 ha. It was about 17 km southwest of Panorama Mountain Resort.

The Moberley Creek fire, about nine km north of Golden, is listed as out of control at 1.38 ha.

The fire at Coppola Mountain above the west side of Kinbasket Lake is noted as under control at one-tenth of a ha.

However, the nearby Carrol Creek fire is noted as out of control at 15 ha in scale.

The two Redding Creek fires in the high country 15 and 21 km east of Gray Creek, are .8 and .01 ha in size and still active.

New fires

  • There is a five ha fire noted as the 20km Kootenay FSR, upslope on the west side of the Kootenay River, 13 km southeast of Fairmont Hot Springs (on the east side of the range).
  • There is a .01 ha fire on the east side of the Elk River about 30 km north of Elkford.

Lead and above images: Wildfire N11286 (Moyie River/Lumberton) has grown to a size of 10 hectares and was actioned heavily by the British Columbia Wildfire Service July 2. Helicopters were seen bucketing hotspots. Water-skimmer airtankers were also seen flying nearby as heavy equipment was used to stop the fire. Ground crews are working hard to prevent the fire from spreading further. Lumberton fire is located about 22 km southwest of Cranbrook and five km from Noke Creek Lodge & Campground. BC Wildfire Service is asking the public to avoid the fire area so crews can work safely. Chad St. Pierre Photography

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