The BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to 67 active fires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre.

The Southeast Fire Centre includes Fernie and the East Kootenays, it extends from the U.S. border to Mica Dam and from the Okanagan Highlands/west side of the Monashee Mountains to the B.C./Alberta border.

Effective on June 30, 2021, campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires were prohibited throughout the province of British Columbia.

Here some updates from the BC Wildfire Service on those fires ( a reminder you can get the latest updates on their dashboard here ):

N11629 – Bill Nye Mountain Fire
– 1,916ha (estimated)
– 40 firefighters, 2 helicopters, 4 pieces of heavy equipment.
– The Evacuation Order issued for two properties east of Saugum Lake on Lakit Creek FSR on July 21 has been RESCINDED.
– An Evacuation ORDER for one property located on Lazy Lake Rd is still in effect.
– The Evacuation Alert remains in effect for 53 properties in the Lazy Lake, Lakit Lake, and Holmes Road areas including 1 property on Wildhorse Forest Service Road.
– Residents in the alert area should stay prepared and ready to leave on a moment’s notice should conditions worsen on the Bill Nye Mountain Fire.
– The fire has grown to the north, backing down a north-facing slope that is sheltered from the prevailing winds, resulting in lower activity compared to previous days. Most the fire growth is in mountainous terrain that poses challenges for crews to work safely in. Smoke continues to cause poor visibility, posing challenges for aviation.
– Successful planned ignitions that were completed on the south flank on Sunday created a solid anchor point, improving safety for ground crews. Control lines are being laid out and constructed to the north of the fire to protect structures and build toward containment. Helicopters will continue bucketing to support ground crews. Aerial monitoring of the fire is ongoing. Heavy equipment is constructing a machine guard along the west and north flank and around structures.
– An area restriction is in place for this fire.

N22147 – Mineral Creek (southwest of Panorama)
– Discovered July 23.
– 103ha estimated.
– 32 firefighters, 2 pieces of heavy equipment and 1 Helicopter
– Crews are working to install a wetline on the southeast flank and build a fuel-free guard by hand on the northwest flank. Crews are implementing a mud pit – a tank of fire retardant – for helicopters to use to build a retardant line in steep, inaccessible terrain to tie into a naturally occurring guard line. Helicopter support will also protect a containment line at the bottom of the slope if necessary. Additional firefighters arrived at the incident on Monday July 26 and are assisting fire suppression efforts.
– An area restriction is in place for this fire.

N11958 – Tanglefoot
– 325ha estimated.
– The Area Restriction remains in effect.

N21981 – Ptarmigan Creek
– 62ha estimated.
– The Area Restriction remains in effect.

N22053 – Forsite (north of Ptarmigan Creek/White River area)
– This fire is classified as Being Held at 0.6ha – which means it is not expected to grow given current conditions and resources.

N11960 – Dewar Creek
– 58ha estimated.
– The Area Restriction remains in effect.

N12156 – Armour Creek

– 72.64ha
– This fire is within the Area Restriction assosciated with the Dewar Creek fire.

The Smoky Skies Bulletin remains in effect for the East Kootenay (and most of the rest of BC) as hundreds of fires across the province continue to burn. Expect smoky conditions for at least the next few days, including overnight and in the early mornings.

Interior Health has developed an FAQ sheet that has some resources about smoke exposure – CLICK HERE for details. Using common sense is probably the best approach when it comes to living in the midst of smoky conditions – limiting activity if your breathing is affected, and staying cool and indoors can help provide relief.

Here are the best sources for tracking smoke and wildfires in BC:

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The BC Wildfire Service is the best resource for the latest status of fires and information on bans/restrictions.

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