BC Wildfire Service watching 52 new fires

The BC Wildfire Service continues to assess and respond to a number of new fires in the Southeast Fire Centre. As of 3 p.m. today there are 52 new fires in the last 24 hours. Two new fires of interest are the Kootenay River wildfire and the Doctor Creek wildfire. In the last two days, there have been 95 new fires, bringing the total to 109.

The Kootenay River wildfire (N11283) is located near the community of Wasa, 30 kilometres north of Cranbrook. Crews are responding with support from air tankers. The fire is highly visible from Wasa, Highway 93/95 and surrounding areas. Currently, it is estimated at 1.5 hectares in size. No values are currently threatened.

The Doctor Creek wildfire (N21257) is located approximately 25 kilometres southwest of Canal Flats. Smoke from this fire is highly visible from Canal Flats, Highway 93/95 and surrounding areas. Currently, it is estimated at 150 hectares in size. BC Wildfire Service will continue to monitor the fire. No values are currently threatened. The fire is suspected to be lightning caused.

Following the increased fire activity throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, ground crews and aerial resources continue to assess reports and will continue to strategically action fires. As this is an evolving and dynamic situation, the BC Wildfire Service will continue to update the information over the next few days as detection continues. No values are currently at risk.

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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