White-Middle Fork Forest Service Road in the Invermere fire zone is now closed

White-Middle Fork Forest Service Road closed

CASTLEGAR BC – Public access to the White-Middle Fork Forest Service Road in the Invermere fire zone is now closed at the 45.5-kilometre mark.

The road has been closed to protect public safety. BC Wildfire Service personnel are currently fighting a 280-hectare wildfire near the Middle Fork of the White River, about 40 kilometres east of Fairmont Hot Springs. The fire is not threatening any communities or infrastructure at this time, but is producing large amounts of smoke.

The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

With hot and dry conditions forecast through this coming week, the Southeast Fire Centre is urging the public to be vigilant both in their communities and in the backcountry. All open burning, including campfires, is currently prohibited.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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White River (N21420)

Last updated: Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Location: 40 kilometers due east of Fairmont
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Discovered: Saturday, July 29, 2017

Size: 280.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Southeast Fire Centre personnel are responding to a 70-hectare fire burning in the area of the Middle Fork of the White River, about 40 kilometres due east of Farimont.

The fire, which is moving into an old burn area from 2003, is not threatening any communities or infrastructure.

The fire is producing large amounts of smoke that might be visible in the region from Radium and Canal Flats and as far east as Alberta. It is not affecting air quality at this time but people with respiratory issues may wish to contact their health professionals.

Public access to the White-Middle Fork Forest Service Road in the Invermere Zone of the Southeast Fire Centre is now prohibited at the 45.5 kilometre point.

The Lands Manager of the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District has ordered the road due to concerns about public safety.

The fire growth is due both to actual fire growth on Saturday, July 28 and smoke in the area clearing and permitting a more accurate estimate of size

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 20 firefighters
Helicopters and air tankers will be used as needed to support crew objectives.