Current weather conditions in the Southeast Fire Centre are having an impact on wildfires in the region. Increased wind activity caused the size of several fires to grow on Sunday, July 30, 2017.
Island Pond wildfire
The 150-hectare Island Pond fire that started on July 30 is about 17 kilometres southeast of Canal Flats.
As of the afternoon of July 31, three helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are supporting 33 firefighting personnel on the ground. Crews are building fire guards to help contain this fire.
Rapid Creek wildfire
As of the afternoon of July 31, the Rapid Creek wildfire is estimated to cover 300 hectares. This fire is about four kilometres southwest of Highway 31 and about 27 kilometres northwest of Meadow Creek.
BC Wildfire Service crews are monitoring this fire and will be sending in heavy equipment to help ground crews create a fire break between the fire and the community. At this time, there is no threat to residents or visitors in the area.
As a precautionary measure, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an evacuation alert for the Poplar Creek area. Details about this evacuation alert are available on the districts website at: http://www.rdck.ca/
Harrop Creek wildfire
The Harrop Creek wildfire is about 10 kilometres south of the communities of Harrop and Procter. As of the afternoon of July 31, it is estimated to cover 200 hectares and some growth has occurred on the fires east flank.
Ground crews (supported by aircraft and heavy equipment) are working on this fire.
Heavy equipment will be moving across Harrop Creek on July 31 to start constructing fire guards. The water should not be affected by this activity and measures are being taken to ensure minimal disturbance to the creek.
Glacier Creek wildfire
The Glacier Creek wildfire is about 26 kilometres northeast of Copper Creek. As of the afternoon of July 31, it is estimated to cover 70 hectares.