The Aaron Hill fire is east of Ootischenia. Photo: BCWildfire map

The Aaron Hill fire is east of Ootischenia. Photo: BCWildfire map

UPDATE: Aaron Hill fire near Castlegar under control, Talbot Creek fire west of Winlaw doubles in size

At least 25 fires burning in West Kootenay

The Aaron Hill fire near Castlegar is now under control.

The fire was discovered east of Ootischenia on Wednesday, Aug. 18 and is believed to be caused by lightning. It is currently .65 hectares in size.

According to the Southeast Fire Centre, resources including air tankers were dispatched rather quickly to the fire.

The Renata Creek fire west of Castlegar is also under control at .20 hectares.

Eight fires continue to burn in the Slocan Valley region and people are being asked to avoid floating down the Slocan River to give fire suppression aircraft clear access to water.

All but one of the fires in the Slocan Valley are around one hectare or less in size.

However the Talbot Creek fire southwest of Winlaw has reached 160 hectares.

The Woodbury Creek Fire in Kokanee Glacier Park has now reached 480 hectares in size and is still listed as out of control.

There are also eight fires burning in the Nakusp region.

Boaters are being asked to avoid Slocan Lake to make room for the water bombers fighting those fires.



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