UPDATED: Aug.14.22 10:21pm
The BC Wildfire Service is the best source of information for local wildfires, fire bans and restrictions, and more. Visit www.bcwildfire.ca and click on the Interactive Map for the latest fire information.
An Incident Management Team is overseeing the Connell Ridge, Cummings Creek, and Weasel Creek fires, which are all Fires of Note on the BC Wildfire website
- CLICK HERE to view the August 14th Community Bulletin on the Connell Ridge, Cummings Creek and Weasel Creek Wildfires.
Connell Ridge (N10939) Wildfire of Note Page (approx. 23km south of Cranbrook)
- Estimated size: 1,700ha
- The Evacuation Alert remains in effect for 6 properties south of Mt Baker on Gold Creek FSR.
- Resources on the fire today include 50 firefighters, 13 helicopters, 21 pieces of heavy equipment, 13 support staff.
- To view the latest video on the Connell Ridge Fire (August 13) - https://vimeo.com/739287524
- The fire was active today as expected and smoke was visible from surrounding communities.
- A smaller planned ignition operation occurred today on the south flank of the fire in order to bring fire to the containment lines.
- A small slop-over occurred on the southeast flank earlier today, however crews are confident that they will have success containing it over the next 24 to 48 hours.
- An Area Restriction is in effect to protect the public from wildfire or in areas where fire suppression activities are taking place. Please respect the Area Restriction boundaries at all times. Learn more here. View the map here.
Cummings Creek (N11051) Wildfire of Note Page
- Estimated size: 52.6 ha
- Resources on the fire today: 56 firefighters, 46 structural protection personnel, and 9 operational support staff are working today.
- Three Unit Crews have been working on building limited access routes and will continue building containment lines on the north and east flanks where possible and will be setting up a system of pumps and hose to deliver water to the containment lines.
- Crews will be assessing opportunities for direct attack on the north and east flanks of the fire and may conduct small hand ignition operations to burn any fuel between the fire perimeter and the creeks.
- To view the latest video with an update from the Incident Commander (Aug 13): https://vimeo.com/739285594
- There was a public information meeting Aug 9 in Sparwood and the Incident Commander working on the fire gave a detailed update on the current status of the fire and the forecast moving forward.
- An Area Restriction is in effect - please respect the Area Restriction boundaries. Learn more here. View the map here.
Weasel Creek (N11062) Wildfire of Note Page
- Estimated size: 1,087ha on the Canadian side.
- The BC Wildfire Service is expecting to see aggressive fire behaviour on this fire in the coming days .
- Some winds were challenging the containment lines this evening and crews are maintaining suppression efforts into the evening.
- If conditions present themselves, crews will conduct small ignition operations on the northeast flank.
- Crews will be working to action any spot fires that may occur..
- An Area Restriction has been expanded for this incident in order to protect the public in areas where ongoing aggressive fire behaviour is occurring. This Area Restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public due to extremely aggressive fire behaviour that will persist into the weekend and in areas where ongoing fire operations are taking place. Please respect this Area Restriction - it's in place for our safety. Click here to view the restriction details and map.
Mount Docking (N20881) - (7km east of Kootenay National Park and 27km east of Radium)
- Increased temperatures and reduced humidity have made the fire become more active.
- With this heightened fire behaviour, smoke is now highly visible from Radium Hot Springs, Invermere, surrounding communities, as well as motorists traveling on Highway 95.
- A resource officer is en route to do a reconnaissance flight and undertake resource planning.
- There is one hunting cabin in the vicinity with structure protection already in place. No other structures are currently threatened.
N11064 - Gilnockie Provincial Park (East of Yahk)
- Estimated size: 2.0ha
- This fire is classified as BEING HELD, which means they are not expecting it to grow further (or beyond pre-determined boundaries).
N11134 – Mount Evans (approx. 29km southwest of Kimberley)
- Estimated size: 33.5ha
- The fire continues to burn at a high elevation in steep terrain; and although smoke is highly visible from Kimberley and surrounding communities, it is not currently threatening structures.
- The BC Wildfire Service is monitoring this fire.
N10931 - Stair Lakes (Northwest of Kimberley in St. Mary's Alpine Park)
- Estimated size: 44ha
- Burning east of Stair Lakes in a remote area of the St. Mary’s Alpine Park
The fire danger rating for the region remains high to extreme.
There is a full fire ban in effect for the East Kootenay - which includes campfires and fireworks.
To report a wildfire: 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.
As of noon PDT Thursday, August 4, 2022, the following activities are prohibited:
- Campfires as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
- Category 2 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
- Category 3 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
- sky lanterns, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description;
- air curtain burners;
- binary exploding targets;
- tiki and similar kind torches; and,
- the use of chimineas, outdoor stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved
A map of affected areas is available here: http://ow.ly/P4uE50K9PLZ
These prohibitions apply to all public and private land in the rural RDEK (outside the eight incorporated municipalities). If you live in a municipality, you should contact your municipal office to ask about the regulations/bylaws in effect.
These regulations are put into effect until further notice by the BC Wildfire Service as a result of the high to extreme fire danger rating. To view the latest bans/restrictions or get more information, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.
What to do in case of an Evacuation ALERT checklist: view pdf here
What to do in case of an Evacuation ORDER checklist: view pdf here
- There is a Smoky Skies Bulletin in effect for the Elk Valley, but smoky conditions are possible around the East Kootenay.
- The BC Centre for Disease Control has some good resources about living with wildfire smoke and how to protect yourself from its impacts. Click here to learn more.
- With fires burning, smoke in the skies, and an uncertain forecast, it can be a difficult time for people. If you are feeling anxious or uncertain, you are not alone. We should all be looking out for one another, checking in on those who are vulnerable or alone.
- There are some good resources available to help everyone stay safe and healthy during wildfire season: click here.
- As the hot, dry trend continues those who are vulnerable to heat-related illness are going to be more prone to the effects of the current hot spell. Please check in on your friends and neighbours. To learn more about how to protect yourself from heat-related risks, click here.
- To report illegal burning or fireworks: call the RAPP Line at 1-877-952-7277.
- To report a wildfire: call 1-800-663-5555, *5555 on a mobile phone, or use the BC Wildfire app.
- 2022 Fire Season Preparedness brochure: click here. (PDF)
- Information about our Evacuation Notification System: click here.
- To register for our Evacuation Notification System: sign up here.
- RDEK email group. To receive emails, choose at least one area from our mailing list: sign up here.
- Prepared BC - in-depth preparedness information: click here.
- Firesmoke.ca - you can see where the smoke is coming from in your area: click here.
- BC Wildfire - choose “Interactive Map” and click the coloured dots to learn more about individual fires: click here.
- BC Farm/Ranch Wildfire Plan Guide (Climate Action Initiative/Investment Agriculture Foundation BC): click here. (PDF)
- The Farm/Ranch Wildfire Plan Guide/Workbook (FireSmart BC): click here.
We are looking for interested volunteers for our Emergency Support Services (ESS) program, which is administered on our behalf by the Canadian Red Cross. ESS volunteers respond locally to support our communities during emergencies and evacuations. To learn more, visit: https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/ess