East Kootenays heat up with growing wildfires

St. Mary’s Reserve fire broke out Friday, now burning an estimated 398 hectares in size

Hundreds of residents have been forced from their homes near Cranbrook and Kimberley due to a new out-of-control wildfire suspected to be human caused.

The wildfire, burning in the lower portion of St. Mary’s Reserve, broke out Friday and is now burning an estimated 398 hectares in size about 15 kilometres northeast of Cranbrook.

RELATED: All you need to know about backcountry closures in the Kootenays

Thirty homes within the reserve have been evacuated.

A perimeter guard protecting the First Nations community has not been breached by the fire, spokeswoman Jodi Gravelle said in a statement. An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, the Lamb Creek wildfire burning 18 kilometres southwest of Cranbrook has prompted evacuations near Moyie Lake for more than 300 properties in the past 24 hours.

RELATED: B.C. wildfire crews prepare for a scorching August

That fire is burning at roughly 220 hectares in size, being tackled by 35 firefighters, five helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment.

Both fires are currently considered out of control, and zero per cent contained.

There were more than 160 fires burning across the province Friday, and the wildfire service says unseasonably hot and dry conditions through the weekend could fuel fire activity.

What do the wildfires look like where you are? Submit your photos and videos here.

With files from the Canadian Press


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Lamb Creek wildfire has forced hundreds of properties to evacuate. (Twitter - @amandab1973)

Just Posted

Market and music tonight at Gyro Park

Grapevine: Local events from July 18 to July 24

Fort Shepherd restrictions unchanged after public meeting

TLC held an informational session in Trail on Monday

Last stop: The inside story of Queen City Shuttle and Charters’ closure

Former employees open up about the Nelson company’s final days

Avoid vacation vehicle woes

Ron Nutini is a licensed automotive technician in Trail

How the Queen City Shuttle and Charters’ closure affected you

Here’s what readers had to say about the company’s shutdown

Rents in most Canadian cities are unaffordable for lower-income earners: study

Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters

Rare white ravens spotted again on Vancouver Island

Nature photographer Mike Yip said mysterious birds back in Coombs area

Motor vehicle incident in Sparwood results in death of dump truck driver

Authorities did not specify what caused the vehicle to go off the road.

B.C. government seeks advice on reviving Interior forest industry

Public website opens as meetings start with community leaders

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

Kootenay Anglican bishops, priests grapple with same-sex marriage vote

After same-sex marriage amendment rejection, priests, bishops voice discontent

Feds issue battery technology challenge at energy conference in Cranbrook

Provincial and territorial energy and mines ministers talk policy, challenges at annual meeting

B.C. mom to go to Europe court in hopes of getting alleged abducted daughter back

Tasha Brown alleges her estranged wife abducted their daughter Kaydance Etchells in 2016

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Most Read