Photo update of the Harrop Creek Wildfire in the West Kootenay

NEW- The Harrop Creek Wildfire south of Harrop-Proctor BC flared up Saturday afternoon and broke over the mountain ridge…now estimated at 80 hectares

New photo taken at 9:30PM Saturday July 29 – Photo: TMTV.NET

This kind of activity on a Wildfire that is left to burn is normal as the temperatures rise throughout the day.

At this point, BC Wildfire crews will not be fighting the fire due to safety issues for firefighters.  The plan is to extinguish the fire once it moves into a safer location.  BC Wildfire are continuing to monitor the situation. Click here for updated info on BC Wildfires

Weather forecast for Sunday: Sunny. High of 35 degrees C. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 35. UV index 8 or very high. Sunday night: Clear. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 14. More from Environment Canada

Harrop Creek Wildfire Saturday afternoon – Photo: TMTV.NET

Originally estimated at 18 HA Friday July 28 is now estimated at 80 HA. as of Saturday – Photo: TMTV.NET

The fire broke over the mountain ridge Saturday afternoon Photo: TMTV.NET

The Harrop Creek Wildfire, about 10 kilometres southwest of Harrop-Procter, started Thursday July 27. It covers about 80 hectares and currently is not threatening any communities or structures. 

BC Wildfire Service photo taken on Thursday July 27

Fire Number: N71382
Date of Discovery 2017-7-27
Suspected Cause Lightning
Approximate Location Harrop Creek
Estimated Size (HA) 58.00
Stage of Control Active

Harrop Creek (N71382)

Last updated: Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Location: 10 km south of Harrop-Procter
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Discovered: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Size: 80.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
The fire poses no threat to any communities or infrastructure at this time.

Because of the steep and inaccessible terrain the fire is currently burning in, ground crews cannot safely fight the fire at this time.

Southeast Fire Centre crews are monitoring the fire daily and developing control strategies. At this time, those strategies do not call for air tanker or helicopter resources to be used to fight the fire. That may change in the days ahead, as conditions warrant.

The fire continues to produce large amounts of smoke and will be highly visible in and around the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. People with respiratory issues may wish to contact their health professionals.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

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