UPDATED: Harrop Creek Wildfire in the West Kootenay explodes early Thursday morning causing an Evacuation Alert

“Winds overnight increased fire behavior on the east flank. This fire has now entered the Narrow Creek Drainage. Personnel are reassessing this fire and working on contingency plans” – BC Wildfire Service

Harrop Creek Wildfire on the south side of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake showing the progression and movement to the north east. (Photo is looking southeast).- TMTV Photo

Map above showing the spot fires and distance to the nearest structures August 30, 2017. Maps below Aug 31, 2017 one day later.

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Evacuation Alert Issued for Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay, Kootenay Lake Village

These photos (below) were taken from Longbeach on the north side of the west arm of Kootenay Lake at 12:30 am Thursday Aug 31.

The Harrop Creek Wildfire has clearly moved several kilometers to the northeast of the original start of the fire on July 27. Winds overnight increased fire behavior on the east flank. This fire has now entered the Narrow Creek Drainage. Personnel are reassessing this fire and working on contingency plans says BC Wildfire Service, Southeast Fire Centre.

The Harrop Creek Wildfire north east of Nelson BC Canada sets off an orange glow in the  early morning sky Thursday Aug 31.
The Harrop Creek Wildfire northeast of Nelson BC Canada early Thursday morning Aug 31. TMTV.NET Photo

Huge flames are visible and the sky turned an orange glow as the fire broke the ridge behind the communities of Harrop and Proctor BC.

The fire is not threatening any homes but has grown in size and still very active from what you can see in these photos posted this morning.

Here is the latest information from BC Wildfire Service, Southeast Fire Centre

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Harrop Creek (N71382)

Last updated: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:56 AM

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

Size: 2,532.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
This fire is currently burning in steep and complex terrain. The flames will be highly visible over night and smoke from this fire can be seen from HWY 3A and the surrounding communities.

The Harrop Mainline and East Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road is closed to the public at this time to aid in fire suppression efforts and to keep the public safe.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 1 firefighters
• 1 helicopters
Winds overnight increased fire behavior on the east flank. This fire has now entered the Narrow Creek Drainage. Personnel are reassessing this fire and working on contingency plans.