Fry Creek Wildfire Updates

Image by Jim Lawrence, Kootenay Reflections Photography

BC Wildfire Service Update, 12 pm, Sept 8th: The Fry Creek (N71980) wildfire is located 15 kilometres north of Kaslo on the east side of Kootenay Lake. The fire is burning in steep and inoperable terrain in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy that is unsafe for crews to work on directly. The fire has grown over the last few days and is highly visible, particularly at night. As a result of yesterday’s winds, this fire has moved onto the south side of the Fry Creek drainage. The South flank, towards Birchdale, did not see the same growth. The fire continues to back downslope towards Kootenay Lake. Smoke is preventing an accurate map of the fire; however, the size is estimated to be 150 hectares.

Today, personnel are in the air and on the ground planning suppression action. This action includes assessing a defensible line above the Small Fry Creek drainage and ground truthing for access. Airtankers are laying retardant on the south flank of the fire to slow the downslope movement.

Because of this increase in fire activity, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has implemented an evacuation alert for the community of Birchdale. For specific information about this alert, please visit: https://www.rdck.ca/.

Director Watson update, 12 pm Sept 8: Door to door notices are being deployed. You will see there is action on it now, air tankers are dropping on the west flank of the fire, unit crew is being assembled.

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