For the latest information on wildfires, fire bans or restrictions, visit www.bcwildfire.ca or contact the Southeast Fire Centre at 250-365-4040. 

To report a wildfire or smoke, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 (from a mobile phone).

During wildfire season, any wildfire-related information provided on this page is from the BC Wildfire Service.

Every resident and property owner in the East Kootenay is encouraged to sign up for the Evacuation Notification System.  To register or learn more, CLICK HERE.

Wildfire Updates (provided by BC Wildfire Service) Updated 12:00pm, September 14, 2020

Doctor Creek (N21257) - 25 km Southwest of Canal Flats.  

  • CLICK HERE to view the BCWS Fires of Note page and the latest updates on the Doctor Creek Fire 
  • Effective 12:00pm September 14, 2020 the Evacuation ALERT for the Doctor Creek Fire has been RESCINDED.
  • The Area Restriction affecting Crown land in the vicinity of the fire remains in effect.  For information about the restriction, http://www.bcwildfire.ca. To view a map of the affected area, click here.
  • Fire is currently classified as BEING HELD - Not expected to spread beyond existing and predetermined boundaries lines given current conditions/resources.
  • Current size: 8,050 hectares (estimated)
  • The planned ignition on the afternoon of September 11 was successful.
  • No structures are currently threatened. Structure protection systems have been removed as they are no longer required given current and predicted fire activity.

There is a Smoky Skies bulletin for the East Kootenay - primarily due to large fires in the US that are blanketing BC in smoke. Sunday will likely be the most smoke affected day. Localized smoke from the Doctor Creek will also be present, particularly in the mornings due to cooler overnight temperatures pushing the smoke into the valley bottom.


Numbers to Call:

Emergency Numbers to call:

  • FOREST OR WILDLAND FIRES: Cellphone: *5555 or 1-800-663-5555
  • OTHER (spills, airplane crashes, landslides, avalanche): 1-800-663-3456
  • FLOODING: 1-800-663-3456

During large-scale emergencies, the East Kootenay Emergency Information Line is activated.  The numbers will be posted on this page, on the RDEK's social media pages, and in the local media when the line is activated.

Last edited: Mon, September 14, 2020 - 12:02:02