Photo by Chad St. Pierre

Wildfire grown to 30 hectares in size, 24km northwest of Fernie

To date this year, there have been 18 fires in the Southeast Fire District

A wildfire that started Sunday afternoon in the Bull River area, approximately 24 kilometres northwest of Fernie, has grown to 30 hectares in size. The fire is being fueled by dry, fallen timber.

Currently on-site is one unit crew, with three pieces of heavy equipment, working to establish a guard around the perimiter of the site.

To date in the Southeast Fire Centre, there have been 18 fires, burning a total of 38 hectares. Six of these have been caused by lightning, and 12 have been human-caused. This fire is currently under investigation, but according to the Southeast Fire Centre, it does not appear that lightning was a factor.

Last year by June 26, the Southeast Fire Centre responded to 37 fires, burning 312 hectares of land.

Currently there are 27 active fires across B.C., the largest being a person-caused 58 hectare fire of note, on the south side of Nadina River, Range 4 Coast Land District, 30 kilometres south of Burns Lake on Highway 35.

Any updates on wildfires will be posted to Thefreepress.ca.