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Bernard Creek wildfire east side of Kootenay Lake

Bernard Creek wildfire east side of Kootenay Lake

September 6, 2019 at 12:04 pm  BC, News, Politics

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to the Bernard Creek fire, approximately five kilometres west of Mount Loki, which is located on the east side of Kootenay Lake near Kaslo.

The wildfire is in steep, difficult terrain and is currently estimated to be 1.5 hectares in size. However, the size is likely to change once more accurate mapping is completed.

This fire was detected on Sept. 5, 2019, and is suspected to be caused by lightning. Response included aviation support, with retardant dropped near the perimeter of the fire. There are currently 20 BC Wildfire Service personnel on site, along with two pieces of heavy equipment. Aviation support is available if required.

Due to challenging terrain, a modified response will be used. This means that it will be 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.

The fire is not currently threatening communities or structures. However, it is very visible from Kaslo, Mirror Lake and surrounding communities. It is expected that smoke will be visible in the area for the next few days. There are favourable weather conditions within the next few days, which will contribute to further fire suppression efforts.

Mount Loki is a popular hiking trail and although there is no area restriction or closure required at this time, the public is advised to exercise caution while in the area. If possible, refrain from using the trails, as they are being used by fire crews.

Members of the public must stay away from active wildfires. Government officials who are engaged in wildfire control, including firefighters, have the authority to order anyone to leave such areas.

The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that unattended or abandoned campfires can easily start a wildfire. This type of human-caused wildfire is completely preventable and diverts crucial resources away from naturally occurring wildfires.

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

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