Storms spark small fires in West Kootenay

Two lightning-caused fires reported after storm front moves through area

All three fires are small; the one on Kootenay Lake’s west shore likely started by humans.

All three fires are small; the one on Kootenay Lake’s west shore likely started by humans.

Yesterday’s thunderstorms in the West Kootenay left some calling cards behind to remind us they were here.

Three spot fires are burning in the Southeast Fire Centre zone, two of which were caused by lightning.

One is by Overton Creek, near Grand Forks; a second near Hellroaring Creek near Salmo.

A third fire, on the west shore of Kootenay Lake at the Midge Creek campsite, is suspected to be human-caused.

All three fires are spot fires at the moment, at .01 hectares in size, and are listed as new.

A haze filled valleys in the region, though officials said it was from fires burning in northern Alberta.

Air quality in the region remained tolerable, with Castlegar forecasted to have low risk index of 3 for the next two days.

The weather forecast is for continuing thunderstorms and high temperatures for the next two days, hitting the low 30s over the weekend and continuing into the high 20s for the next week.

The fire danger rating for the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes the West Kootenay, is generally low to moderate. The danger rating increases somewhat in the northern part of the district, and is high in the mountainous areas around Yoho National park.

There are 42 active wildfires burning in the province at this time. Eighteen were started in the last two days.