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Lightning sparks series of wildfires

August 31, 2016 3:58 P.M.

Firefighters are battling a string of lightning-caused wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre within the Arrow Lake and Kootenay Lake fire zones.

Many of the fires are highly visible in the area, but none of them is threatening any structures or communities.

  • Three separate fires are burning about 12 km south of Boswell in the Sanca area, east of Kootenay Lake. These fires are all 0.5 hectares or smaller. Air tankers, a helicopter and initial attack crews are working on site.
  • Initial attack crews are responding to two small wildfires about five km north of Queens Bay in the Coffee Creek region, west of Kootenay Lake.
  • Twenty-five personnel are responding to a 0.2-hectare fire south of Champion Lakes Provincial Park, a 0.4-hectare fire on Mount Heinze (east of Birchbank) and a 0.5-hectare wildfire on Keystone Mountain (northwest of Salmo).
  • A 0.7-hectare wildfire west of Slocan Park in the Waverton Creek area is in steep, difficult terrain. A helicopter and initial attack crew are en route.

Since April 1, B.C. Wildfire Service has responded to 174 wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre, 51 of which were human-caused.

The fire danger rating in most of the area is high, with some areas rated extreme in the Cranbrook, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. This includes the Selkirk and Rocky Mountain natural resource districts.

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