Travel Alert – Highway 95 in the East Kootenay due to Wildfire

Forest Fire causes traffic delays in the east Kootenay

Highway 95 Both directions – Forest Fire on Highway 95. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic South of Green Road to North of Skookumchuck. Drive with caution and watch for Traffic Control and Fire Department workers. Updated on Mon Jul 31 at 6:06 am PDT.  UPDATED INFORMATION FROM DRIVEBC

Island Pond (formerly Kootenay River) (N21451)

Last updated: Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 7:48 PM

Location: 12 km south of Canal Flats
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Discovered: Sunday, July 30, 2017

Size: 130.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

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The highway remains closed in both directions and will so until further notice. Power has been affected along parts of the highway corridor from de-energizing by BC Hydro crews to allow for firefighting operations.

Retardant has been placed around a cell phone tower in the path of the fire.

No other infrastructure is currently threatened, though there are rural properties in the area.

More information
Southeast Fire Centre crews continue to respond to a fast-growing grass fire caused by a tree striking a power line along Highway 95 Sunday afternoon. The fire began approximately 13 kilometers south of Canal Flats and is moving in a north-east direction. It is now estimated to be 130 hectares in size.

The highway remains closed in both directions and will so until further notice. Power has been affected along parts of the highway corridor from de-energizing by BC Hydro crews to allow for firefighting operations. UPDATED INFORMATION FROM DRIVEBC

This fire was formerly referred to as the Kootenay River fire. The name was changed to clarify location.

Cause: Human Human Caused
This fire was caused by a tree striking a power line.

Resources
• 26 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
SEFC has ground personnel, air tankers, helicopters and heavy equipment working the fire.