Thunderstorms spark fires in the Southeast Fire centre

Report from the provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

  • Aug. 11, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Province of BC

Province of BC

CASTLEGAR – Recent thunderstorms have kept crews in the Southeast Fire Centre busy fighting dozens of new fires. Crews have responded to 34 new fires in the past week; 29 of those were caused by lightning.

The 38-hectare fire burning southeast of Creston on Skimmer Horn Ridge is located on steep, difficult terrain. Although the fire is not threatening any communities or structures, it is highly visible to surrounding communities. As of yesterday, 35 firefighting personnel were working on the fire, supported by four helicopters.

A 10-hectare fire is burning west of Kaslo in the Keen Creek area. While no structures or communities are threatened, smoke is visible to surrounding areas. Reported on Aug. 8, the fire is burning within a logging cut block. Twenty-three firefighting personnel and one piece of heavy equipment are currently onsite.

Several other spot-sized fires (less than one hectare) have been burning as a result of recent thunderstorms within the fire centre. Most of these fires are located in remote areas and are not affecting nearby communities.

The Southeast Fire Centre would like to thank everyone who reported wildfires this week. Early reporting is an important step in ensuring our success in extinguishing fires while they are still small.

Quick Facts:

·   Since April 1, the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 73 wildfires, 29 of which were caused by people.

·  Leaving a campfire unattended can result in a $345 fine. There have been 137 campfire incidents this season, which have taken resources away from natural occurring fires.

·  To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell phone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.