Human-caused fire rapidly attacked
A fire broke out Oct. 6 in the St. Mary Lake area southwest of Kimberley, on the northeast side of the lake.
Estimated at four hectares and is holding, 12 BC Wildfire Service firefighters were on site yesterday along with an Incident Commander and the fire is currently burning in heavily downed timber/slash, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) reported yesterday evening.
“They have had heavy equipment on it today and expect the fire will be wrapped with a machine guard this evening by the excavator. A helicopter worked the fire most of today and the primary focus from the air was keeping it away from the south slope and providing support to the ground crews as they set up an extensive hose and pump system,” the RDEK reported last night.
The fire appears to be human caused and an investigator was on the site Oct. 6 and 7.
“A big shout out to the local residents of the St. Mary Valley who responded when the fire broke out,” stated RDEK information officer Loree Duczek.
There are 11 fires still burning in the East Kootenay. Check BC Wildfire Service for updates on them.