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Sitkum Creek Wildfire continues to burn

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 errat... (read more)

Crews respond to two wildfires in the East Kootenay

Crews respond to two wildfires in the East Kootenay CASTLEGAR – The BC Wildfire Service is responding to two wildfires in the East Kootenay. There is a full response to both of these fires including multiple helicopters and airtankers supporting crews on the ground. • One fire is adjacent to the Elk River, and 1.5 kilomet... (read more)

Illegal fires diverting critical resources

INFORMATION BULLETIN Illegal fires diverting critical resources CASTLEGAR - BC Wildfire Service firefighting personnel and structural protection crews have been busy dismantling illegal burn piles put in place in anticipation of Canada Day celebrations, and the RCMP have been consulted. These incidents divert critical resources... (read more)

Smoke from Lytton fire drifting into the Southeast

INFORMATION BULLETIN Smoke from Lytton fire drifting into the Southeast CASTLEGAR - Smoke from the Cisco Road Fire near Lytton is drifting into the Southeast Fire Centre and residents may continue to see smoke from that blaze as firefighting crews work to suppress it. Depending on the prevailing winds, smoke can travel long d... (read more)

Smoke still visible from Cherry Creek prescribed burn

INFORMATION BULLETIN Smoke still visible from Cherry Creek prescribed burn CRANBROOK - Smoke from the Cherry Creek prescribed burn will remain visible in the surrounding area as residual fuels behind the well-established containment lines continue to burn. The site is being monitored by Wildfire Management Branch personnel. D... (read more)

Graceful Grasslands

Thanks to one of our partner organizations, Wildsight, for this brief overview of grasslands and the ER Program! http://www.wildsight.ca/news/graceful-grasslands-focus-restoration-rocky-mountain-trench (read more)

St. Mary Pasture Prescribed Burn, April 19, 2015

The Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program, in conjunction with the BC Wildfire Management Branch, conducted a low-intensity prescribed burn in the East Kootenay on April 19, 2015. The burn occured on St. Mary’s Pasture (North Cherry & South Cherry), which is located just east of McGinty Lake near Meadowbrook.... (read more)

Update on ecosystem restoration near Elko

Elko, B.C.: Exceptional winter-range habitat for ungulates is being restored to increase forage and reduce forest-fire fuels around Elko. The ecosystem restoration (ER) treatments have been ongoing since 2014 and will continue (in the form of tree pruning and a broadcast burn) into 2016. The site, immediately adjacent to High... (read more)

Prescribed ER burn season approaching

Cranbrook/Kimberley: André Chalabi has been busy prepping for the first prescribed burns of 2015 in the Trench. Chalabi is Burn Boss with Wildfire Management Branch, (a division of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, FLNRO), and works from the Southeast Fire Centre in Cranbrook. “This spring w... (read more)