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:

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.

LVCC September Schedule

September schedule! Starting September 1st, we’re back to being open mornings most mornings from 8am-11am. On September 16th, we’ll start being open in the evenings again, from 6pm-9pm. See the calendar below.

Another fire trailer session on September 24th, Turkey Bingo on September 28th, and Harvest Festival on October 2nd.

Spawning Channel Open House

Meadow Creek Spawning Channel Open House – September 10

View the spawning kokanee; talk to biologists; learn about the Nutrient Restoration Program in Kootenay Lake; and about co-existing with grizzly bears.

Saturday Sept. 10, 2022, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North end of Kootenay Lake, 4 kms west of Meadow Creek.

Hosted by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), and the Ministry of Forests (MoF).

The channel is open daily during the kokanee spawning season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please be aware that if there is high bear activity, it may be completely closed to the public, at any time, by MoF.

For more information about the Open House: 250-777-2591 or

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