Good afternoon everyone,
As you may be hearing in the news, BC Wildfire Service crews have been actioning a fire in the Cherry Lake area, which is more than 20 kms from Cranbrook. The Wildfire Service’s online mapping program shows the fire is located in the backcountry approximately halfway between Moyie and the Newgate area which is on Lake Koocanusa. The BC Wildfire Service has 29 personnel onsite (with more arriving today) and several pieces of heavy equipment and aerial support, so if you see helicopters, that’s why. There are no evacuation alerts or orders in place and we are told that this fire is not threatening any structures at this time.
Please be cautious if you’re heading out this weekend. The campfire ban remains in place and conditions remain very dry. The weather forecast is calling for a chance of a thunder shower this afternoon in the Invermere area, but the rest of the region is expected to remain similar to the past couple of days with a mix of sun and cloud. The smokey conditions are expected to stick around as long as the wind direction remains the same, at least until Monday or so. The smoke is still coming from the large fires in the USA and in the boundary region.
If you plan to travel this weekend, check the DriveBC website: http://www.drivebc.ca/ for up to date information on road closures.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation on Crown or private land, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. Within a municipality, please contact the municipality directly for information on fire bans and/or reporting.
Have a great weekend!
-Tracy Van de Wiel