UPDATED OCT 10: New Wildfire starts in the East Kootenay – St. Mary Lake Area, appears to be human caused

Here is the latest update from the BC Wildfire Service on those two fires, plus a heads up on a small, new fire today south of Elkford:

  • Bootleg Mountain (St. Mary Lake Area). The fire, which broke out Friday,  is now 100% contained and wrapped with hose. It is estimated at 5.8 hectares in size and is burning in challenging terrain. They had a 10-12 member crew on site today monitoring it.
  • Elk Valley West – The fire remains estimated at 0.25 hectares in size and was showing some smoke today.
  • Weigert Creek – A new fire was reported today in the Weigert Creek area (South of Elkford). It is currently estimated to be very small in size – 0.05 hectares.

BC Wildfire Service – The fire broke out Friday and is currently estimated at 4 hectares and is holding. 

OCT 8, 2017 – There were 12 BC Wildfire Service firefighters on site today along with an Incident Commander and the fire is currently burning in heavily downed timber/slash.   They have had heavy equipment on it today and expect the fire will be wrapped with a machine guard this evening by the excavator.  A helicopter worked the fire most of today and the primary focus from the air was keeping it away from the south slope and providing support to the ground crews as they set up an extensive hose and pump system.

The fire appears to be human caused and an investigator was on the site Friday and Saturday.

A big shout out to the local residents of the St. Mary Valley who responded when the fire broke out.  Well done!

A wildfire north of Elkford also broke out Thursday,  it is being actioned and is not threatening any communities or structures and they were on it. It is estimated at 0.25 hectares in size.

Date of Discovery 2017-10-6
Suspected Cause Person
Approximate Location St. Mary Lake Road
Estimated Size (HA) 4.00
Stage of Control Active

BC wildfire info

Open burning remains prohibited in most of Southeast BC – Campfires allowed