Update: Crews made quick work after lightning caused a number of new fires in the Southeast Fire Centre on the weekend. Fire Information Officer Justine Hunse says there were seven new fires in total throughout the fire centre. “Six of those starts were suspected lightning cause and they’re in initial attack phase and being addressed by the BC Wildfire Service in priority sequence.”

A number of those were in the West Kootenay-Boundary region with some already listed as Not Active. There is one new fire in the area that is suspected as person caused.

The latest update from the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre says good work is being done on local wildfires in the region. As of Sunday, September 9, the Syringa Creek wildfire was estimated at 3,112 hectares and is 25 per cent contained. The Deer Creek wildfire was estimated at over 3,420 hectares and 30 per cent contained. The Bulldog Mountain wildfire was estimated at 2,125 hectares. For the Blazed Creek wildfire west of Creson, BC Wildfire Service says they are monitoring the fire and will respond to any activity that could potentially affect the highway corridor. It was estimated at 6,798 hectares.

Evacuation Alerts are still in place for four areas in the RDCK, and an Evacuation Order remains in effect for Renata.

Some new, smaller wildfires have also popped up due to lightening over the weekend in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. One is called East of Record Creek and is southwest of Rossland off Highway 22.  There was also one east of Midway called Kerr Creek and another farther north of the town.

To learn more you can visit the BC Wildfire Service website and view their Interactive Wildfire Map.