A map of the restricted area around the Cummings Creek fire to the west of Sparwood. A link to a higher-resolution map is in the story below. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

A map of the restricted area around the Cummings Creek fire to the west of Sparwood. A link to a higher-resolution map is in the story below. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Area restriction applied to Cummings Creek fire near Sparwood

The is burning in steep terrain 5km west of Sparwood

The BC Wildfire Service has issued an area restriction order for the Cummings Creek / Wilson Creek wildfire to the west of Sparwood.

The fire of note has been burning since August 3, and as of August 9 has grown to an estimated 44.3 hectares.

Located 5km west of the district, the fire is burning in steep and inoperable terrain, making it difficult for firefighters to approach.

The restricted area is described as:

Commencing at 0.5 kilometres (km) on Cummings Forest Service Road (FSR), northwest along the height of land on the east side of Cummings Creek, continuing west across the valley at 11 km on Cummings FSR, south then southwest along the height of land west of Cummings Creek to coordinates (-115 0.78 / 49 47.96), then due south to cross the valley at Telford Creek at 3.8 km to coordinates (-115 1.3 / 49 44.7 – 0.5 km north of the northernmost extent of Sulpher Creek FSR), east along the height of land to coordinates (-114 54.7 / 49 44.95 – in line with the unnamed drainage that is due west and uphill of Ponderosa Drive), north along private land boundaries to the point of termination.

A map of the area can be found here.

In an update earlier today, the BC Wildfire Service said that the Cummings Creek fire had shown continued aggressive burning on the eastern flank (closer to Sparwood) overnight, and conditions permitting they would be using helicopters to bucket the fire along its northern flank, on Cummings Creek.

The area restriction is effective immediately, and will remain in place until October 15 or when it is rescinded.

A public information session will be held tonight at the Sparwood Recreation and Leisure Centre, beginning at 8pm. Information can be found on the RDEK website, here.

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