Crews battling wildfires near Kokanee Creek and Midway

Campfire ban in effect today throughout B.C. and hot trend continues

  • Jul. 3, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a three-hectare wildfire near Kokanee Creek and two kilometres northeast of Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. No structures are immediately threatened at this time.

A 20-person unit crew from the BC Wildfire Service is being supported by local contract firefighters and four Air Tractor “Fire Boss” amphibious airtankers that can drop water, foam or retardant on a fire.

Fire crews are travelling to the fire site on the Kokanee Creek Forest Service Road and the West Kokanee Forest Service Road. The BC Wildfire Service is asking the public to avoid these access points.

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a three-hectare wildfire near Ingram Creek, about five kilometres north of the village of Midway. No structures are immediately threatened at this time.

Twenty-five firefighters, three helicopters and an airtanker group are working on this incident. A water tender is also on site and a fire guard is being established around the perimeter of the fire.

Smoke is visible from Midway, Greenwood and along Highway 3. It’s suspected that this fire was caused by lightning.

The current fire danger rating in the Southeast Fire Centre is “moderate” or “high”, with some pockets rated “extreme” near Midway, Grand Forks, Kaslo and Revelstoke.

The public is reminded that at noon Friday, all open fires – including campfires – will be prohibited throughout the entire Southeast Fire Centre. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

 

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