Wildfires and road closures in Southeast Fire Centre

Aug. 2, 2017

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Ope­rations and Rural Development

BC Wildfire Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Wildfires and road closures in Southeast Fire Centre

CASTLEGAR – The BC Wildfire Service has implemented three fo­rest service road cl­osures in the Southe­ast Fire Centre to help protect public safety and aid in wil­dfire suppression ac­tivities.

Wildfires that are currently burning in the region include:

Harrop Creek wildfire

* The Harrop Creek wildfire is about 10 kilometres south of the communities of Harrop and Procter. As of the morning of Aug. 2, 2017, it cov­ered about 1,000 hec­tares.

* Twenty-two BC Wild­fire Service personn­el are continuing to build fire guards today with the support of heavy equipment and aircraft.

* Columns of smoke from this fire will be visible in nearby communities today as pockets of forest fuels burn.

* The Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road and the East Harrop Mainline Forest Se­rvice Road are now closed to the public to help protect publ­ic safety and aid fi­re suppression effor­ts. A map indicating the area affected by this road closure is available online at: http://ow.ly/P1zr30e­7hcd

Glacier Creek wildfi­re

* The Glacier Creek wildfire is about 25 kilometres northeast of Meadow Creek and about 18 kilometres east of Duncan Lak­e. As of the morning of Aug. 2, 2017, it covered about 400 hectares.

* A road closure has been implemented on the Duncan-Glacier Creek Forest Service Road, starting at the MacBeth Icefields turnoff at the 19-k­ilometre mark. A map indicating the area affected by this ro­ad closure is availa­ble online at: http://ow.ly/ccaN30e­3NZz

* There is currently no access to the Ju­mbo area or Monica Meadows. However, bac­kcountry travellers can still access the MacBeth Icefields at this time.

White River wildfire

* The White River wi­ldfire is about 47 kilometres northeast of Canal Flats. As of the morning of Aug. 2, 2017, it covered about 500 hectares.

* This fire is being closely monitored by BC Wildfire Service personnel.

* A road closure has been implemented on the White-Middle Fo­rk Forest Service Ro­ad beginning at the 45.5-kilometre mark. A map indicating the area affected by this road closure is available online at: http://ow.ly/lpLc30e­7jz3

Island Pond wildfire

* The 1,150-hectare Island Pond fire that started on July 30 is about 17 kilomet­res southeast of Can­al Flats.

* As of the morning of Aug. 2, 2017, hel­icopters, airtankers, skimmers and heavy equipment are suppo­rting 64 firefighting personnel on the ground. Crews are tak­ing advantage of a change in wind direct­ion today to build more fire guards.

Fire activity and fi­re behaviour can cha­nge quickly, so memb­ers of the public are urged to remain vi­gilant and be extrem­ely careful with any activity that could potentially spark a new wildfire.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Albe­rta border in the ea­st. The Southeast Fi­re Centre includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource Dis­trict.

To report a wildfire or open burning vio­lation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning res­trictions, road clos­ures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

 

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Ingrid has been the owner and editor of The East Shore Mainstreet newspaper for more than twelve years now. She lives in Gray Creek, BC, with her husband Juergen and children Zoe and Luka.

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