An aerial view of the fire burning over the North Shore of Kootenay Lake.

Areas around Sitkum Creek fire restricted

Public access to Crown lands around the Sitkum Creek wildfire is being restricted until further notice.

  • Jul. 9, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Public access to Crown lands around the Sitkum Creek wildfire is being restricted until further notice.

The restriction is being put in place to protect the safety of the public and firefighting personnel, the BC Wildfire Service said in a news release.

This area restriction order applies within the boundaries outlined below:

• All Crown land west of Sitkum Creek from the first switchback on the Sitkum Alpine Forest Service Road;

• All Crown land north of the private properties south of the fire;

• All Crown land east of Duhamel Creek from District Lot 10423 to District

Lot 9835 and District Lot 8411.

• All Crown land within one kilometre north of the fire from Sitkum Creek

west and over the height of land to Duhamel Creek.

A map of the affected areas is available online at

A resident asked during a public meeting Wednesday whether backcountry restrictions would be imposed but didn’t receive a definitive answer.

An evacuation alert for the area remains in effect, affecting about 350 homes. The fire is estimated at 450 hectares, but is 20 per cent contained along the southern flank.


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