As of Monday, July 19 at noon, the Bill Nye Mountain wildfire, located southeast of Wasa, has spread to nearly 900 hectares. The Bill Nye fire is listed as a fire of Note, and was discovered over a week ago.
The BC Fire Department has a helicopter that performs the bucket Monday and helps flight officers monitor the growth of the fire. Five firefighters and two pieces of heavy equipment continue to focus on the guard building, a statement from the East Kootenay Regional District said.
“They report good progress on both machine guard and the handcrafted fuelless brake at the foot of the hill,” the statement said. “The behavior of the fire continues to be a weak to moderate surface fire, with outbreaks as pockets of unburned fuel are found. The majority of fire growth occurs upstream to higher elevations. “
Bill Nye is listed on 873 acres on Monday.
the the evacuation alert remains in effect for the Lazy Lake area, Lakit Lake and Holmes Road, as well as a property on the Wildhorse Forest Service Road. At the time of going to press, this is the only evacuation alert in effect for East Kootenay.
The Tanglefoot Creek fire is listed on 195 acres on Monday and is listed as out of control. Smoke from this fire is visible above Fisher Peak.
The Big Lake Fire, southeast of Wasa, is listed on 11 acres and currently stands.
The Ptarmigan Fire (in the Whiteswan area) is listed as out of control over 18 hectares.
Information on all fires in the region can be found on the BC Wildfire Service Dashboard and Phone App.
Environment Canada is also warning of potential thunderstorms and strong winds, starting Monday afternoon.
“If isolated convective storm cells develop, there could be intense rain / hail, lightning and strong winds in the immediate area of the storm,” RDEK said.
The BC Wildfire Service has also implemented several area restrictions over the past few days. They are listed below:
An area restriction is in effect around the Tanglefoot fire (30 km northeast of Cranbrook):
o From the junction of FSR Galbraith and FSR Tanglefoot Creek, north following FSR Galbraith Creek, then north and east to land height to Duncan Creek, then west along from the height of the land to Mount Smith.
o Next, following the height of land south through Mount Fisher, again east to the junction of the Bull Van FSR and Bull River Main FSR, then north to the starting point .
o Note: Travel along the Bull River Main FSR, Bull Van FSR and Galbraith FSR is permitted.
An area restriction has also been put in place around the Ptarmigan Creek fire (in the Whiteswan area):
o From the junction of Moscow FSR and NE corner of Whiteswan Provincial Park, west along the northern boundary of Whiteswan Provincial Park, then north to White Knight Peak, north along from the height of the terrain to Edwards Peak, east along the Edwards FSR to the starting point at the Moscow FSR.
o Note: Access to Whiteswan Provincial Park and travel on the Moscow FSR are permitted. Travel along Edwards FSR is prohibited.
There are also area restrictions for Akokli Creek, Redding Creek, and Dewar Creek areas too.
Municipal and provincial government officials urged residents across British Columbia to prepare for an emergency or fire evacuation. Build a household emergency kit and take-out kit are two things you can do now to prepare.
An emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, phone charger and battery bank, radio, flashlight, extra batteries, personal toiletries, cash in small bills, copies of important documents (such as insurance papers), extra clothes and shoes, emergency blankets, etc.
A take-out bag should be ready in case you need to leave immediately. This should include ready-to-eat food and water, a phone charger, radio, flashlight, batteries, a small first aid kit and personal medicine, toiletries, a medical plan. emergency, important documents, money in small bills, a card with the family meeting place, a pen and notepad, and items such as extra pet food.
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