Several new fires discovered Saturday brings the total of wildfires burning in the West Kootenay to nine.
All of the fires are related to lightning that has passed through the area over the last few days and are still relatively small. Seven of the fires are listed by the BC Wildfire Service as “new”. One as “under control” and one near Crawford Bay as “out of control”.
Discovered June 15:
Gem Hill, west of Castlegar near HWY 3 — new
Hudu FSR, near Champion Lakes Prov Park — new
Discovered June 14:
Erie Creek, North of Erie lake near Salmo — new
Duhamel Creek, north of Nelson — new
Champion Creek, near Champion Lakes Prov Park — new
Mount Drewey, west shore of Kootenay Lake — new
Duck Creek, near Wyndell — new
Kid creek, east of Creston — new
Discovered June 13:
Merry Creek, near Castlegar — under control
Weasel Creek, near Crawford Bay — out of control
There are currently 54 active wildfires burning in the province, with 19 of those being in the Southeast Fire Centre.