This smoke appeared today on a ridge above Duhamel Creek.

This smoke appeared today on a ridge above Duhamel Creek.

UPDATED: Wildfire burns near Duhamel Creek

The new fire is about 4 km from Kootenay Lake.

A new wildfire, visible from Nelson, is burning on a ridge between Duhamel and Sitkum Creeks above the north shore.

BC Wildfire office reports that the fire is about 4 km from the lake, and that it is being worked by tankers and helicopters, with an initial attack crew on the way.

UDATE: The wildfire office reported just before 8:00 p.m. that the fire is about 60 hectares in size and that its cause is under investigation.  They will be updating the information on the fire occasionally at this link: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=544

There are also fires burning near Castlegar and near Kokanee Creek Park.

Updated photo: the photo above was taken at about 4:00 p.m. The one below was taken at 7:10 p.m.