UPDATED: Wildfire started at Sitkum Creek near Nelson BC after lighting strike now called the Kokanee Creek Fire

A 70-hectare wildfire is currently burning in the Sitkum Creek area 9 miles northeast of Nelson BC.

A 70-hectare wildfire about 15 kilometres northeast of Nelson has prompted the Regional District of Central Kootenay to issue an evacuation alert between Sitkum Creek and Crescent Bay, as a precautionary measure.

This fire is burning in steep and difficult terrain. BC Wildfire Service personnel are on site and were supported by airtankers the afternoon of Aug. 12, 2017. People can learn more about the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s evacuation alert by calling 250 352-7701 or visiting the district’s website: www.rdck.ca

BC Wildfire Service personnel responded to 14 new lightning-caused wildfires on Aug. 12 throughout Southeast Fire Centre. Most of these wildfires are in high alpine areas and are not immediately threatening any communities or structures.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

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Right under the fire at Sitkum Creek near Nelson BC

Evacuation Alert: Kokanee Creek Wildfire (between Sitkum Creek and the Crescent Bay area north of Nelson BC)