UPDATED: Tuesday, August 14 at 11:00 AM

Fernie continues to be heavy with smoke and has poor air quality as a result of being surrounded by wildfires however is not under any immediate threat. The fire hazard is worse that in 2017 and we anticipate a full backcountry shut down any day. The Corbin evacuation order has been downgraded to an evacuation alert.

The larger wildfires that are close to Fernie are detailed here:

Coal Creek Wildfire:

Location: Approximately 12 kilometres east of Fernie

Discovered: Friday, August 10, 2018

Size: 713.0 hectares

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

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This wildfire is currently displaying vigorous fire behaviour and is highly visible from Fernie and Alberta. This fire is not currently threatening communities.

The Coal Creek Forest Service Road is closed beginning at the 33 km mark. The Leach Creek Forest Service Road is restricted beginning at the junction of Leach Creek Forest Service Road. The Corbin Road, and Morrisey Creek Forest Service Road are restricted beginning at the 0.3 km on Morrisey Forest Service Road, from the junction with Morrisey Road.

Cause: Under Investigation
The cause of this fire is currently unknown and is under investigation.

• 11 firefighters
• 1 helicopters
• 5 heavy equipment
Heavy equipment is working on building containment lines on the south side of this fire. A bucketing helicopter is also on site.

Leach Creek – Corbin Wildfire:

Last updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 8:21 AM

Location: Approximately 3 km north of Mount Taylor and 25 km east of Fernie.

Discovered: Sunday, August 12, 2018

Size: 30.0 hectares

Status: Active

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

The RDEK had issued an evacuation order for ten properties in the community of Corbin as a result of a lightning caused fire in Leach Creek in the Elk Valley. Evacuation Order has been downgraded to alert.

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Crews are on site of this fire working on containment.
This fire is 95% machine guarded meaning that a four meter wide fire guard of exposed mineral soil has been created around the majority of this fire.

Cause: Lightning Caused

• 4 firefighters
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

Sage Creek Wildfire:

Location: Approximately 65 km south east of Fernie and approximately 6 km south west of the BC-AB border

Discovered: Thursday, August 02, 2018

Size: 1,936.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is a modified response fire meaning it is managed using a combination of suppression techniques, including direct and indirect attack, and monitoring to steer, contain and otherwise manage fire activity within pre-determined perimeters. This type of response is used to minimizes costs and/or damage and to maximize benefits from the fire.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

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The Flathead Sage Creek Forest Service Road is closed starting at the 81 kilometre mark at the junction of Flathead Kishinena Forest Service Road and the Flathead Sage Forest Service Road. No access is permitted on this section of road. This road will remain closed until the public is otherwise notified. For a detailed map please see the file below in our ‘Map & Photo’ section.

Cause: Under Investigation

• 102 firefighters
• 12 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
• 2 airtankers
This fire is burning in remote terrain. Crews are working to reinforce the Flathead Sage Forest Service Road as a guard on the north end of the fire. The south side of the fire is burning upslope and connecting with the fuel break created from the Kenow Mountain wildfire from 2017.

An Alberta Incident Management Team (IMT) is on site of this fire. This fire has two fire numbers; N12024 in B.C. and CBZ001 in Alberta.

This fire is producing a large column of smoke that is highly visible from Pincher Creek in Alberta and surrounding areas.

Crews are planning for future burn off operations. Expect to see additional smoke from this fire in the coming days.

Crews and equipment continued to build guard on the east and west sides of fire along perimeter. Bucketing and airtanker drops continued in priority areas.Heavy equipment will continue constructing dozer lines. Crews will provide support with pump and hose; sprinkler line to be set up on east flank. Aerial suppression will continue to limit further spread along the north perimeter. Ignition sites to be identified.

With increasingly hot and dry weather, wildfires can change rapidly. If you are planning to enter the backcountry, please maintain situational awareness of existing wildfires and avoid areas with active firefighting operations.

With increasingly hot and dry weather, wildfires can change rapidly. Follow active fires in the Fernie area here.

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