Small Rossland wildfire contained

Two initial attack crews were on site with one medium helicopter bucketing water.

A small wildfire burning near Rossland was reported 100 per cent contained Tuesday.

Two initial attack crews were on site with one medium helicopter bucketing water, said Jordan Turner, fire information officer at the Southeast Fire Centre

Crews established a perimeter around the fire and set up “guards,” which is an area doused with water from the helicopter, to ensure that forest fuels surrounding the hot zone are not completely dried out.

The fire, located about 10km north of Rossland, did not threaten any structures.

“There are small areas still smoking but we don’t believed it will get past the guards,” added Turner.

A new fire was sparked by lightning Tuesday morning, this time in a remote area on Mount Sentinel north of Castlegar.

An initial attack crew and helicopter were responding to the fire at press time.

Turner said the fire appears to be lightning-caused.

The fire danger rating in Greater Trail is low, which means fires may start easily and spread quickly but there will be minimal involvement of deeper forest fuel layers.

In the last 24 hours, very hot and dry conditions coupled with no precipitation in the southern area of the centre have crews on alert.

“This has elevated the fire danger rating to ‘high’ and ‘extreme’ along much of the U.S. Border, “said Turner.

Open fire burning, which includes incendiaries such as fireworks and sky lanterns, have been prohibited since July 8. Campfires within the regulation size of no larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, are still allowed, Turner said a shovel and at least eight litres of water must be readily available to extinguish the flames.

The fire prohibition is put in place across the centre, and the bans are made into law at a provincial level and only rescinded after careful consideration.