Wildfire burning east of Grand Forks


A wildfire burning in southeastern B.C. is serving as a reminder of the hazard that is still in a lot of the province after weeks of traditionally heat and dry climate.

The blaze was reported Sunday in Gilpin Grasslands Park, situated within the West Kootenay Region between Grand Forks and Christina Lake, and has since grown to an estimated 151 hectares.

The flames are “extremely seen” from Highway 3 however will not be threatening any properties or buildings, the B.C. Wildfire Service wrote on Twitter.

“Crews are working this morning on establishing water supply methods and immediately attacking the fireplace’s edge on each flanks,” the BCWS posted Monday. “Structures will not be at present threatened.”

Battling the fireplace are 20 provincial and 27 regional firefighting personnel, utilizing two helicopters and two items of heavy tools.

The trigger of the blaze has not been decided.

Officials haven’t closed Highway 3, however stated site visitors management measures are in place and urged drivers to scale back their pace and bear in mind of their environment whereas passing via the world.

The Gilpin Grasslands Park fireplace has not been added to the federal government’s Wildfires of Note web site, which largely highlights fires that pose a possible public security menace.

Meanwhile, the fireplace hazard ranking stays “excessive” throughout a lot of British Columbia – and “excessive” in some areas, together with components of the Lower Mainland and the east aspect of Vancouver Island.

An excessive ranking means forest fuels are tinder attempt to fires will “begin simply, unfold quickly, and problem fireplace suppression efforts,” in line with the province’s web site.

The B.C. Wildfire Service stated there have been 61 new fires sparked throughout the province over the past week.

Unseasonably heat and dry climate has seen temperature information fall repeatedly via September and early October, and resulted in extreme drought circumstances in some areas.


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