The 300-hectare fire is seen smouldering near Six Mile. Although an evacuation order has been issued there are no threats to structures.

UPDATED: Retardant line established, homes protected from wildfire

Wildfire centre says there will be lots of 60 firefighters on the ground today, as well as planes and helicopters.

The wildfire raging near Highway 3A in Six Mile has a retardant line established between the blaze and the homes.

“Thirty firefighters are attacking the fire on the ground; that number will increase to 60 tomorrow,” reads a press release from the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

“Helicopters and airtankers continue to support the firefighting effort.”

Boaters and swimmers are cautioned to be aware of the aircrafts scooping water from the lake.

Currently there are no immediate threats to Kootenay structures. Approximately 350 residences are within the evacuation alert zone, which is still in effect.

The RDCK is routinely updating its website and Facebook as information becomes available. Visit them at or on Facebook at

More information can be found at

Questions can be directed to the emergency operation center at 1-866-522-7701.

(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story and its caption erroneously stated that the fire had been contained.)

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