In spite of the periodically wet weather we’ve had, the Southeast Fire Centre reports that they’ve responded to 93 wildfires in our area since August 1st. They say that 38 of these fires were person-caused and their website shows 3 new fires in our Regional District in the past 24 hours, of which at least one was also person caused. Person caused fires are preventable. Please be cautious when recreating outdoors, put campfires out completely and don’t leave any fire unattended.
The BC Wildfire Service would also like to let you know that we may see smoke in our area from fires that are burning in Idaho and Washington states. This smoke is expected to continue as long as our winds are from the south.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll free or *5555 on a cell phone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
Enjoy the summer and be safe!
Tracy Van de Wiel, Information Officer
Emergency Management Program
Regional District of East Kootenay
19-24th Avenue South
Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8
Phone: 250-489-2791 or toll free 1-888-478-7335 (BC/AB)