Stickpin fire had Grand Forks on alert

Grand Forks was on evacuation alert due to the Stickpin fire in Washington on Friday.

Grand Forks was on evacuation alert Friday due to the Stickpin fire 5km south of the Canada-U.S. border.

The evacuation response was prompted by the potential for embers to be carried north of the border by strong winds forecasted over the weekend.

Fifteen BC Wildfire Service firefighters are currently helping with the Stickpin fire. They have six pieces of heavy equipment on hand, and are building a guard on the northeast side of the fire.

A large aircraft contingent was on standby Friday, but aerial efforts were hampered by large amounts of smoke from not only the Stickpin fire, but other fires burning in Washington.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire was estimated at 21,638 hectares, and was 20 per cent contained.