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ʔaq̓am Prescribed Fire

The Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program in conjunction with the BC Wildfire Service and ʔaq̓am Band are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Wycliffe/Meadowbrook area between April 24 and April 30, 2018, weather and burning conditions permitting. A tentative scheduled date for the burn is Thursday April... (read more)

Prescribed burn Friday April 1

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program partners will conduct an ecosystem restoration burn in the Lakit Ridge area on April 1, 2016, weather permitting. Lakit Ridge is about four kilometres northeast of Fort Steele. Smoke from this controlled burn... (read more)

2016 Restoration & Fuel Management Projects

The Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program and partner agencies and organizations would like to inform the public that activities planned in 2016 for Grassland Ecosystem Restoration and Community Protection Fuels Treatments are available by clicking on the file below. The document identifies project leads and their... (read more)

Prescribed burn aids in East Kootenay fire containment

The wildfire east of Lake Kookanusa and south of Cutts Road toward the Elk River is now 100% contained. This fire was discovered on July 4, 2015 and grew quickly and aggressively, prompting the evacuation of 200 people near Kragmont and further evacuation alerts in nearby communities. All evacuation alerts or evacuation orders ... (read more)

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)