CASTLEGAR – The wildfire on the North Shore of Kootenay Lake between Sitkum and Duhamel Creeks is now estimated at 300 hectares. The larger estimated size of this fire is due to increased visibility on Sunday which permitted more accurate mapping.
The majority of the fire’s growth occurred due to high temperatures and erratic winds when it was discovered on Saturday afternoon through to Saturday night.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an Evacuation Alert in the area. For more information on this Alert, please visit: http://www.rdck.ca
The BC Wildfire Service has 25 firefighters, four pieces of heavy equipment and two water tenders on scene. These resources are supported by helicopters and multiple airtanker groups, including four Air Tractor AT-802F “Fire Boss” amphibious airtankers which are scooping from Kootenay Lake.
The primary objective of BC Wildfire Service personnel is to protect local residences near the south and west flanks of the fire. There will be firefighters monitoring this incident throughout the night.
This fire is highly visible from the city of Nelson, surrounding areas and Highway 3A.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca